Operation to reduce motorbike accidents is a success

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An operation to reduce the number of motorcyclists killed or injured on Derbyshire roads during the summer months has come to an end with fewer fatalities compared to last year.

The annual Operation Focus, funded by the Derby and Derbyshire Road Safety Partnership, ran from Good Friday to the end of September.

There were five motorcyclists killed on the county’s roads between April and September this year compared to eleven during the same period in 2011.

Figures for the number of riders seriously injured are only available up to the end of July. Between April and July 2012 there were 40 bikers killed or seriously injured and in the same period in 2011 that figure was 58.

As part of the operation police patrolled roads across the county where collisions are most common, including the A5012 Via Gellia, A57 Snake Pass and the A6 between Ambergate and Buxton.

Head of Roads Policing, Chief Inspector Steve Wilson, said: “We are absolutely committed to keeping people safe on the roads of Derbyshire and this includes motorcyclists.

“I am pleased the number of bikers killed and seriously injured on Derbyshire’s roads has fallen compared to last year but too many riders are still becoming involved in serious collisions, many of which are avoidable.

“We want bikers to come to our county and enjoy our roads but most of all we want them to ride sensibly and safely.”

Bikers are encouraged to enhance their skills through training such as BikeSafe; a nationally recognised and accredited scheme run by the police. For more information visit the website www.bikesafe.co.uk.