Derbyshire join national campaign aimed at improving road safety for riders on two wheels
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This national enforcement campaign was aimed at users of two-wheeled vehicles and drivers of others vehicles committing motoring offences against them.
Between 12-18 April 2021, the National Police Chiefs’ Council and National Roads Policing Operations Intelligence & Investigation coordinated a #2wheeloperation road safety campaign, aimed at improving road safety for motorcycles and cyclists across the UK.
Nationally, motorcycling accounts for just 0.3% of the total vehicle miles travelled per year on the Strategic Road Network, however, 17% of collisions have resulted in individuals getting killed or seriously injured on our roads. A recent TRL analysis report stated that the majority of motorcyclists (80%) are killed in one-of-three collision types – these are through overtaking/lane changes, loss of control or from turning/crossing at junctions.
The peak months for incidents involving two-wheel vehicles is between April and September. These months are widely recognised as the start and finish of the motorcycling season.
Derbyshire has a long history of welcoming riders to the county, as it boasts some of the most exciting roads and locations. An element of those riders who visit the county, choose to use those roads inappropriately - which presents a very real danger to them and other road users.
Our Roads Policing Unit, supported by the Casualty Reduction Enforcement Support Team and Derbyshire’s Upright team, spent the week focusing on two-wheeled road users and other vehicles that came into contact with them. Officers concentrated their efforts on targeting routes with the highest harm statistics where, sadly, riders have been either killed or seriously injured due to driving offences, along with other popular hot spot areas for rider enthusiasts.
At these check-sites, officers identified 150 offences - with the top violations being the vehicle’s roadworthiness or due to speeding and careless driving. Luckily, the majority of these incidents could be dealt with via a verbal warning, to improve driver education and raise awareness, however, 8 individuals received a Traffic Offence Report (TOR).
Inspector Greg Hunt, who leads the roads policing team, said: “Motorcyclists are amongst the most vulnerable groups of road users and are at a higher risk of injury and collision, which often results in riders suffering more serious injuries and can often lead to loss of life.
“By supporting national campaigns such as this operation, we can interact with both riders and drivers and help to highlight road safety issues through education and, where necessary, through enforcement - with the aim in reducing the casualty rate and keep these vulnerable road users from harm.
“Obviously, we want people to enjoy the fantastic roads that Derbyshire offers, but we want them to do so in a safe and responsible manner.
“Staying safe on the road applies to every single one of us, whether we have two or four wheels on our vehicle – we all have our part to play and all motorists can help in keeping our vulnerable road users safe.”
Here are some top tips to keep Derbyshire’s roads users safe:
- Watch your speed - your speed can literally make the difference between life or death.
- Be patient. Give others time and room.
- Be prepared for others to make mistakes or brake suddenly.
- Always check your mirrors for cyclists or motorcyclists. Be especially careful that your nearside is clear when turning left, pulling out at junctions or at roundabouts.
- When overtaking a motorcyclist, bear in mind that they can be affected by side winds.
- Always allow ample room to pull back in after overtaking.
- Never overtake a motorcyclist and then turn left shortly afterwards.
- Ensure you are prepared for inclement weather if using a motorbike, which in turn, aids with concentration.
- Maintain your vehicles, paying particular attention to tyres and brakes.
Why not get in touch with our UpRight team – this team was developed in direct response to the number of fatalities and serious accidents in Derbyshire involving bikers. They spend time educating riders, by focusing on skill, clothing and can offer advanced riding courses.