Blitz on biker crashes at blackspots

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UNDERCOVER speed detection and patrols will be carried out on accident blackspots.

Operation Focus aims to reduce biker casualties and will run on selected weekends or evenings until September. Both marked and unmarked vehicles will be used in the clampdown.

Roads policing Inspector Adam Waterfall said: “Bikers are drawn to the Derbyshire countryside because it has challenging roads, but too many of them are taking risks at speed and running into trouble.

“We hope to prevent crashes by making our presence felt on routes where bikers are regularly coming to grief.”

A similar operation last year reduced motorcyclist fatalities and casualties by 40 per cent, added Insp Waterfall. In total 69 bikers were killed or badly hurt – 46 fewer than during with the same period in 2009.

“This casualty reduction is positive but it won’t make us complacent – we’ll continue to work hard to prevent casualties in 2011”, he added.

Routes covered by Operation Focus, funded by Derby and Derbyshire Road Safety Partnership and launched on April 2, include:

A57 Snake Pass – Glossop to Nether North Grain

A624 - Chinley Head to Glossop

A5004 Long Hill – Buxton to Fernilee

A623 - Peak Forest to Stoney Middleton

A621 Baslow to Owler Bar

A54 and A537 - Buxton to Cat and Fiddle pub

A6 - Buxton to Bakewell

A619 - Bakewell to Chesterfield

A515 - Buxton to Sudbury

A5012 Via Gellia – Cromford to Elton Common

A615 - Matlock to Alfreton.