Speed crackdown in Derbyshire after biker deaths

file pic, Detective Chief Inspector Tracy Lewis
file pic, Detective Chief Inspector Tracy Lewis
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Police have launched a crackdown on speeding bikers in Derbyshire after six deaths in the first half of the year.

Derby and Derbyshire Road Safety Partnership is targeting motorcyclists after six deaths across the county between January and June this year - double the amount of fatalities involving bikers in the same period in 2013.

Police are responding by taking a tougher approach to ensuring bikers going through the county obey speed limits.

Chief Inspector Tracy Lewis, head of roads policing in Derbyshire, said: “We prefer to keep riders safe by educating them but the rising death toll during the first half of this year has prompted us to review our approach.

“Speeding by the riders themselves contributes to many of the crashes where they end up getting killed or hurt. That’s why we’re going to take a tougher approach to our job for the remainder of Operation Focus.

“From now until October, we’ll be focusing more on speed detection and prosecution and less on chatting to bikers about their riding behaviour. We’re also encouraging riders to take a critical look at their skills and take action if there’s room for improvement.”