Crackdown on county bikers who speed and put lives at risk

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Motorcyclists who speed on county roads are to be tackled as part of a new safety campaign by Northants Police.

The force is running an operation focusing on motorbike safety over the next few weeks, aimed at speed enforcement and educating riders about the dangers they face when they are out on their bikes.

Statistics show a disproportionate number of those killed or seriously injured (KSI) on county roads are motorcyclists.

In a recent speed enforcement operation on the A6, three motorcyclists were clocked travelling at speeds of 91mph, 96mph and 121mph respectively.

The A509 from Wellingborough to Bozeat and the A27 from Oundle to Corby are among the roads which police will be monitoring as part of the initiative.

There will also be three Bikesafe events during August, September and October. BikeSafe is a national, police-led initiative which looks to engage riders of powered two wheelers.

The one-day course provides motorcyclists with expert advice and guidance on how to stay safe while out and about.

Specialists operations inspector Jen Helm said: “This operation, along with the Bikesafe courses, will benefit all road users and help us achieve our primary aim of reducing incidents of serious or fatal road traffic collisions.”

To find out more about the scheme or to book a place, log on to www.bikesafe.co.uk or call 08444 151206.

Speed enforcement will take place on the following roads, all of which have been assigned ‘motorbike red route’ status due to the high number of serious collisions which have taken place over recent months involving motorbikes;

- A361 Daventry to Banbury

- 508 Northampton - Brixworth

- A509 Wellingborough – Bozeat

- A45 Mereway – Sixfields

- A5 Towcester – Weedon

- 427 Oundle – Corby

- B645 Rushden – Kimbolton

Figures for collisions involving motorcyclists:

- From January 2010 to December 2012, there were 424 serious injury collisions involving motorcyclists on county roads

- Of the 424, 44 per cent were KSIs; 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)