Clampdown on speeding bikers with warning of 'robust' justice
MOTORCYCLISTS who choose to ride outside the law will be dealt with "robustly" – a top roads police officer has warned.
Inspector Richard Pryce, head of roads policing for the Peninsula Road Safety Partnership, was speaking as a road safety group announced an effort to reduce motorcycle casualties in Plymouth and across the South West region.
The Peninsula Road Safety Partnership has revealed there will be an increased presence of safety cameras across Devon and Cornwall at weekends and in the evenings throughout the summer.
Police figures show Plymouth is a biker death hotspot, compared to other cities of its size.
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Since July last year there have been six biker deaths on roads in and around Plymouth.
It also follows news that the partnership will continue to operate speed enforcement cameras on Alma Road in Milehouse following reports of motorists being clocked travelling at nearly twice the legal limit.
Insp Pryce told The Herald that motorcyclists make up just one per cent of road traffic but, in 2011, represented 30 per cent of road fatalities in Devon and Cornwall.
"It is vital that motorcyclists understand their vulnerability on the roads," Insp Pryce said.
"Whilst it's right to enjoy riding, there is a need to ride sensibly and legally.
"We have some of the most beautiful routes to ride in the South West, but travelling at speed or riding in an aggressive manner will potentially lead to a collision and injury.
"We must reduce the number of injury collisions involving motorcyclists on our roads. In an effort to do this we are mounting educational and enforcement campaigns in support of the Peninsula Road Safety Partnership and publicising we are doing so.
"Riders must take responsibility for their actions on the road, in the same way as all other road users.
"Safe and sensible riders are welcome, but those who choose to ride outside the law will be dealt with robustly when detected, whether that be through an educational course or prosecution."
Insp Pryce said that the region's roads are notoriously busy at this time of the year and speed is a major contributory factor in the majority of road traffic collisions throughout the region.
"There are additional risks for motorcyclists, however, who are less protected and whose vehicles have less contact with the road surface than cars, particularly when overtaking or negotiating bends," he added.
"While many collisions are caused by other drivers failing to see the motorbike, fatalities and serious injuries are often down to riders losing control.
"Riding within the legal speed limits should greatly reduce the number and severity of these crashes."
The highly-visible mobile enforcement units will be deployed to both existing and new sites across Devon and Cornwall, particularly on known biker routes.