Posted on 28th March 2013
An annual operation to reduce the number of deaths and injuries involving motorcyclists on Derbyshire roads is being launched on Good Friday with new routes being added this year.
Operation Focus will run until September and involves patrols on roads where collisions are most common as well as events to engage with the biking community.
The operation is funded by the Derby and Derbyshire Road Safety Partnership and aims to reduce the number of motorcyclists killed or seriously injured on the county’s roads by encouraging riders to take responsibility for their safety.
In 2012, there were 117 motorcyclists killed or seriously injured in Derbyshire compared to 141 the previous year. Officers hope to reduce this figure further by patrolling routes popular with bikers and working with the biking community over the summer months.
Police will be using a new Honda Fireblade bike, loaned by Honda UK, to engage with bikers at popular meeting places.
Officers will also patrol roads including the A5012 Via Gellia, A57 Snake Pass and the A6 between Ambergate and Buxton to prevent riders speeding.
Two new routes have been introduced this year, the A444 through Woodville and the B6039 between Hasland and Tibshelf.
Head of Roads Policing, Chief Inspector Steve Wilson, said: “We don’t want bikers to be caught out. We want them to come to our county and enjoy our roads but do so sensibly and safely.
“Motorcyclists continue to be over represented in the casualty figures and too many riders are becoming involved in serious collisions, many of which are avoidable.
“By utilising the on loan Honda Fireblade we hope to be able to speak to riders about safety and encourage them to ride within their abilities and enhance their skills through training and awareness raising.”
Derby and Derbyshire Road Safety Partnership has produced a new edition of The Bikers’ Guide to Derbyshire which will be available free from motorcycle retailers across the county as well as many pubs and cafes that are popular with riders. Alternatively you can request a copy by calling 01629 538067.
Andy Adlington, motorcycle project officer for Derby and Derbyshire Road Safety Partnership, said: “In 2012 fewer motorcyclists were killed or seriously injured on our roads than during the previous year – but we know we’ve still got work to do.
“That’s why we’ve dropped the price of our Bike Safe workshops to just £39. Bike Safe helps qualified motorcyclists to brush up on their skills so they can stay safe on our roads. For more information call 01629 538067 or visit www.bikesafe.co.uk.”