Northumbria Police is taking part in a Week of Action to reduce the number of motorcyclists killed on the road. From today (May 28) Northumbria Police is participating in a National Police Chief’s Council (NPCC) ‘National Motor Cycle Week of Action’ campaign. The campaign will run until Sunday and is aimed at reducing the number of motor cyclists killed or seriously injured on our roads.
Since the beginning of 2016, 12 motor cyclists have been killed after collisions on roads in Northumbria.
This campaign will focus on both raising awareness amongst general motorists as well as motorcycle users.
Officers at the Force’s Motor Patrols Department hope educate riders about the dangers they could face on the road.
During the week of action, they will engage with riders and make them aware of the educational courses available, including ‘Cornering Clinic’ and ‘Biker Down’ courses run in conjunction with Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service.
These courses are designed to assist people in their general riding, awareness, and an opportunity to learn basic first aid aimed at treating riders injured at the scene of a collision.
Inspector Dean Hood, of Northumbria Police Motor Patrols, highlighted the importance of educational campaigns such as this.
He said: “It is crucial we work hard to engage with motorists to highlight the vulnerability of some road users, including motor cyclists, and this campaign is a great opportunity for us to raise awareness and engage with motorists.
“We will be enforcing the legislation available to us but where appropriate any offending riders may be offered the Rider Intervention and Developing Experience (RIDE) course as opposed to prosecution.
"There are also a number of excellent voluntary courses available for motorcyclists, which are supported by Northumbria Police and our partners such as the ‘Cornering Clinic’, ‘Biker Down’ and ‘Ride Respect’.
“We encourage all riders to take part in these courses, regardless of their riding experience or perceived skill level.
“Whilst my officers will be proactively engaging with motorcyclists during this week of action, our role is about more than simply detecting and prosecuting offenders.
“Ultimately, our aim is to work with motorists and communities to improve safety on our roads and reduce the number of fatalities in our region.”