Police motorbike, talking road safety, at The Weston Air Show which PCC Sue Mounstevens attended earlier this year
Sue Mountstevens is joining the Constabulary to urge motorbike and moped riders to take greater care on the roads of Avon and Somerset as the nights draw in this autumn.
There have been 11 serious incidents involving motorcycles in the last three months, including six fatalities and four serious injuries.
On Wednesday, October 16, police are staging a road safety event in Hartcliffe, Bristol, to educate riders about keeping safe.
The event, called Operation Torque, is also aimed at cutting down on incidents of anti-social behaviour and collisions caused by speeding and dangerous driving.
Roads Policing Unit motorcyclists, neighbourhood beat officers and staff from VOSA, the government’s Vehicle and Operator Services Agency, will be targeting riders and car drivers and checking their vehicles to ensure they area legal and roadworthy.
Avon and Somerset Police and Crime Commissioner Sue Mountstevens said: “The increase in motorcyclist and moped rider deaths is concerning. The more we can do to raise awareness, educate riders and young people the better we can prevent fatalities and serious injury on our roads in the future.
“Residents have spoken to me about a variety of road safety issues they are concerned about and this is reflected in the local Police and Crime Plans. It’s important that all road users take care when on the road, but in particular motorbike and moped users.”
Bishopsworth Inspector Nigel Colston said: “This is an opportunity to send a strong road safety message to all motorcyclists across Avon and Somerset.
“In Hartcliffe we have a particular issue with motorbikes being stolen and ridden by young people, often with no helmets. We will be stopping and checking any vehicles we see that are in a poor condition or are being driven in a dangerous manner. We will take enforcement action against anyone identified as committing motoring offences, which could include banning them immediately from the roads.”
Posted on Wednesday 16th October 2013