Campaign launched to prevent biker accidents

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A CRACKDOWN on motorbiker accidents on Derbyshire roads is being launched on Good Friday.

The annual 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 hope 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 Ambergate and Buxton.

The partnership will also host an event for bikers on Easter Sunday, April 8, at Matlock Bath’s Pavillion car park. Between 1pm and 4pm, motorcyclists will be able to pick up a free safety guide and find out more about BikeSafe workshops.

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.”

The routes being monitored as part of Operation Focus this year are 

A 5012 Via Gellia.

A61 Higham to Wingerworth

A5004 Long Hill, Buxton to Fernilee.

A6 Buxton to Ambergate.

A 621 Baslow to Owler Bar.

A52 Markeaton Island to Mayfield.

A619 Bakewell to Chesterfield.

A57 Snake Pass.

A 515 Newhaven to Buxton.

A623 Peak Forest to Stoney Middleton.

A632 - Matlock to Chesterfield.