Warm weather crack down on motorcyclists

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SUSSEX Police are cracking down on antisocial motorbike riding as the weather improves to reduce collisions.

Last year 40 per cent of all fatal crashes involved people riding motorcycles and 25 per cent of collisions with a fatality or serious injury involved a motorbike.

Police and the Sussex Safer Roads Partnership will stage BikeSafe assessment days to provide guidance from emergency service riders, more patrols where accidents have happened and emergency services will be at events to offer advice.

Insp Steve Grace of the Roads Policing Unit (RPU) said: “Antisocial driving is dangerous so we utilise unmarked cars, unmarked motorcycles and many other tactics to combat it.

“Just because you don’t see us does not mean we are not there.”

Over the weekend of April 9 and 10 in East Sussex five bikers were reported for riding at more than 100mph. They will be appearing in court.

Three people were dealt with for driving with no insurance and 35 other offences were dealt with by way of fixed penalty, including some who were offered speed awareness courses as an alternative to prosecution.

Sergeant Carl Knapp of the RPU said; “If you are a driver of a four-wheeled vehicle, remember that a bike is smaller and harder to see. Before you manoeuvre, make sure that you look and then look again.

“If you are the rider of a powered two-wheeler a key question to ask yourself is ‘Have they seen me?’.”

To report antisocial driving or riding to police visit www.OperationCrackdown.org and to find out about courses visit www.bikesafe.co.uk.