New campaign to cut biker deaths

AN annual operation to reduce the number of deaths and injuries involving motorcyclists on Derbyshire roads has been launched.

Operation Focus, funded by the Derby and Derbyshire Road Safety Partnership, will run until September.

There were 136 motorcyclists killed or seriously injured on the county’s roads last year compared to 94 the previous year.

Officers are now hoping to reduce this figure by encouraging riders to take responsibility for their safety and the safety of others.

Police will patrol the 13 roads where collisions are most common, which include the A5012 Via Gellia, A57 Snake Pass and the A6 between Buxton and Ambergate.

Head of Roads Policing, Chief Inspector Steve Wilson, said: “We are absolutely committed to keeping people safe on the roads of Derbyshire.

“We’re not trying to catch bikers out. We want them to come to our county and enjoy our roads but most of all, we want them to ride sensibly and safely.

“Too many riders are becoming involved in serious collisions, many of which are avoidable.

“We would urge bikers to ride within their abilities and take the opportunity to enhance their skills through training such as BikeSafe; a nationally recognised and accredited scheme run by the police.”

Routes which are being monitored as part of Operation Focus this year include:

* the A5012 Via Gellia.

* the A5004 Long Hill, Buxton to Fernilee.

* the A6 Buxton to Ambergate.

* the A57 Snake Pass.

* the A515 Newhaven to Buxton

* the A623 Peak Forest to Stoney Middleton.

The Derby and Derbyshire Road Safety Partnership have also launched a Facebook page designed to help motorcyclists stay safe on the county’s roads.

See the page at www.facebook.com/derbyshirebikers.