Police urge motorcyclists to stay safe in Suffolk

POLICE in Suffolk are reminding motorcyclists to take care on the county's roads, after three riders died in the past three months.

So far this year, 14 people have died as a result of collisions on Suffolk's roads - six of which have been motorcyclists.

At Easter, Suffolk Constabulary launched Operation Ryde, aimed at reducing the number of motorcycle deaths and serious collisions on the county's roads, and they are now reinforcing the campaign's messages.

Police are urging riders to be aware of the dangers they face on the road, to take care when riding and to be aware of the potential consequences of speeding or careless driving.

As part of the campaign, a DVD called 'John's Story', highlighting a rider's account of a collision he was involved in two years ago was produced, which has so far attracted more than 9000 views. Police are now urging more riders to view the film and listen to the safety messages it contains.

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Throughout the summer, members of the force's Casualty Reduction Team will be out and about on the county's roads, visiting events and dealerships to educate motorcyclists about road safety and what can be done reduce the number of fatal and serious collisions.

Sergeant Paul Ward, who heads the Casualty Reduction Team as part of the Suffolk Constabulary's Roads Policing Unit said: 'We are very keen for motorcyclists across the county to take extra care when out on our roads and to listen to the messages contained in 'John's Story'.

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'Eight motorcyclists died on our roads last year, and six have died in 2012 already. We are asking that all riders take simple safety measures when out on the roads – be visible, dress for safety, be aware of other road users and drive safely.'

Police officers will be carrying out patrols on weekends throughout the Summer, interacting with motorcyclists, giving advice and guidance and providing an increased level of education in relation to the anti social and unlawful use of motorcycles.

Road safety leaflets will be handed out and the work of other organisations and partners such as Institute of Advanced Motorists (IAM), The Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA) and Suffolk County Council Rider schemes will be promoted.

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