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Image is a graphic warning to riders

PUBLISHED: 09:39 24 October 2008 | UPDATED: 21:36 05 July 2010

DOUBLE TROUBLE: Image sends out a warning to motorcyclists.

DOUBLE TROUBLE: Image sends out a warning to motorcyclists.

THIS is the shocking image that should make motorcyclists think twice before getting on their bikes without protective clothing.

And by printing this picture The Journal has today highlighted the devastating damage motorcycle accidents can inflict.

THIS is the shocking image that should make motorcyclists think twice before getting on their bikes without protective clothing.

And by printing this picture The Journal has today highlighted the devastating damage motorcycle accidents can inflict.

The photograph, which has been commissioned by Suffolk County Council, is sending out an important message to all motorcyclists to be wary of harm that can be caused.

With the focus of our Save a Life campaign all about improving the safety of motorcyclists, given there are 20,000 motorcycle licence holders in Suffolk, there is a real need to ensure riders know how to drive safely and are aware of the dangers.

Suffolk Ride Network (www.suffolkride.net) was set up by the county council in 2005 to provide a forum for motorcyclists to get advice and information about road safety. Various organisations and bikers attend a quarterly meeting where they can share their knowledge and experiences.

John Goodwin, chairman of Suffolk Ride Network, who has been riding a motorbike since he was 16, said: “We train people up to advanced motorcycle test standard. We want to get as many people as possible involved in Suffolk Ride Network. We have got the backing from the county council, police, and motorcycle dealers to push the message across about road safety in order to stop people getting killed or seriously injured.

“It is an absolute must to wear the right protective gear. Any fool can go 100mph down the A12 but if you come off without protective gear on, it doesn't bear thinking about. You can ride a motorcycle with far more enjoyment if you ride it properly.”

This hard-hitting image is being showcased in the second week of our Save a Life campaign, which is being launched alongside the efforts of Suffolk County Council, Suffolk Constabulary, Suffolk Safecam, the Highways Agency and the East of England Ambulance Service to reduce the numbers of those getting killed or seriously injured on our county's roads.

The campaign aims to raise awareness of the shocking statistics surrounding the amount of accidents on roads in Lowestoft and Waveney, which could be so easily avoided by just thinking before getting behind the wheel.

Among the core areas to be tackled throughout the campaign are speeding, using mobile phones while driving, drink and drug driving, not wearing seatbelts and road safety for motorcyclists.

The number of those killed or seriously injured between January and May 2008 who were riders or passengers on a motorbike rose by more than 44pc against the same period in 2007.

Are you a motorcyclist who has a strong view on road safety? Write to Road Safe Campaign, The Journal, Lowestoft, Suffolk, NR32 1NB or e-mail mark.boggis@archant.co.uk.

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