New campaign to drive down South Yorkshire biker casualties

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THE number of motorcyclists killed or injured in South Yorkshire and Humberside last year went up compared to previous years.

Provisional figures released by Road Safety Partnerships show that there were 511 bike-related deaths and injuries on the region’s roads last year - up from 459 the year before and 475 in 2010.

In 2007 the casualty figure stood at 660 and had dropped year on year until 2012.

To drive down casualty figures, road safety partnerships are teaming up to run a regional road safety initiative aimed at keeping motorcyclists safe.

Campaigns around the consequences of irresponsible riding and driving are being run, and roadside education and enforcement operations are being carried out.

Special workshops for bikers are also being held over the summer to refresh riders on how to reduce the risks of accidents.

Humberside Police Deputy Chief Constable David Griffin, who is also police national lead for motorcycling, said: “We urge riders in our region to help by riding in a safe and legal manner.

“We have some great riding routes to share and would like you to ride home safely to your family each and every time.

“We will not tolerate anti-social riding and the region’s police are working together with road safety partnerships to eradicate this problem.

“This small minority will be caught and may be diverted to education courses where possible. However, extreme riding is unacceptable. We will prosecute and dangerous riders will be targeted by officers from all forces across all borders.”

Motorcyclists represent 20 per cent of the casualties killed or seriously injured on the region’s roads, despite only making up around one per cent of the vehicles on the roads.