Police scheme targets bikers


POLICE are undergoing an operation to reduce the amount of bikers involved in collisions on the region’s roads.

Three motorcycle/scooter riders were killed in South Yorkshire during 2011, 85 were seriously injured and a further 238 experienced slight injuries.

For the last two weeks, police and other partner from the Safer Roads Partnership have been working to raise awareness of motorcycle casualties across the county.

Work has focused on both high powered bikes and those riders who use scooters or motorcycles under 125cc to commute to work.

Research shows that over half of powered two-wheeler collisions involve motorcycles with smaller capacity engines.

Sergeant Graham Sayner said: “There have been a number of collisions in recent months where riders have sustained head injuries through not having their crash helmets securely fastened.”

“Riders who do not fasten their helmets run an increased risk of injury and are also committing the same offence as someone not wearing a helmet.”

“I would urge all riders to think about advanced training options to improve their skills.”

Bikers should follow simple step to help them stay safe on the roads.

These are - always wear the right protective clothing, consider where you are in relation to other vehicles’ blind spots, make allowances for other drivers in your riding plan, stick to speed limits and consider advanced training such as BikeSafe or Skills for Life.

The BikeSafe initiative run by South Yorkshire Police at a cost £50 per person. Events are been held on 16th September, 30th September and 14th October. To book visit www.bikesafe.co.uk or call 08444 151206.

The Institute of Advanced Motorists (IAM), is offering all South Yorkshire motorcyclists the chance to sign-up for a half-price advanced Skills for Life training day for £79 (normal cost £139). This training is for riders that have had at least a years motorcycling experience.

To sign-up call Derek Cumbers in Rotherham on 07736 157500, or Steve Grundy in Sheffield on 07717 661342. For more information visit www.iam.org.uk.