121mph motorcyclist caught in spot check on danger road

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A motorcyclist clocked doing 121mph on dangerous ‘red route’ road was among 42 speeding motorists caught in a spot check by police.

Officers are placing an increased emphasis on identifying speeding motorcyclists, with the warm weather bringing many more riders out onto the roads.

Statistics show that a disproportionate number of those killed or seriously injured on our roads are motorcyclists.

As part of this increased focus, officers carried out speed enforcement on the A6 near Burton Latimer last Sunday.

Of the 42 offences identified, three were motorcyclists travelling at speeds of 91, 96 and 121 respectively.

Head of Force Operations, Superintendent Andy Cox, said: “There are, not surprisingly, more motorbikes on our roads at this time of year, especially with the warm dry weather we have been having.

“As well as the advice we are giving riders, I urge other roads users to be vigilant and look out for them too, and give them plenty of space when passing them.”

From January 2010 – December 2012 there were 424 serious injury collisions involving motorcyclists on the roads of Northamptonshire. This represented 11.2 per cent of all injury collisions in that period, which is a decrease from 11.5 per cent from the previous report (October 2007 – September 2010).

Of the 424, 44 per cent were killed or seriously injured; seven were fatal and 179 serious.

The 424 collisions involved 800 vehicles. Motorcycles (54 per cent) made up the highest number of vehicles followed by cars (39 per cent).

Police are also giving out the following advice to ensure motorcycle riders stay safe and do not present a danger to other road users.

- Before setting out on the road, ensure your bike is taxed, insured and has a valid MOT, if applicable.

- Always wear suitable biking gear.

- Make sure you have frequent breaks and refreshments to prevent dehydration and tiredness, which can cause a lack of concentration.