Cops on bikes take action to help save fellow riders

Police motorbike campaign (S)

Police motorbike campaign (S)

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MOTORCYCLISTS travelling through East Lancashire are being urged to take extra care as police in the Pennine Division covering Pendle launch a Bank Holiday crackdown to reduce casualties.

Operation Fireblade will run from today to Monday and will see officers talking to riders and other motorists as part of a drive to reduce road casualties.

The A682 main road between Nelson and Long Preston has a repuation of being one of the worst roads for fatal motorcycle accidents in the whole of Britain. Road Policing teams will be offering safety advice at routes known to be popular with motorcyclists. Officers will also be cracking down on dangerous driving, speeding and the illegal use of mobile phones. Car passengers can expect to receive safety messages via Bluetooth on their mobile phones.

Insp. Mark Baines said: “August Bank Holiday weekend is traditionally one of the busiest times for motorcyclists, which is why we have launched a dedicated operation.

“Many collisions involve other road users who haven’t seen the motorcyclist and I urge other road users to be mindful of the increase in motorbikes on our roads at this time of year. Please be aware of their vulnerability and take extra time to look out for them.

“Bikers need to make sure they are wearing the correct protective equipment when riding - even in the hot weather. Younger riders of motorbikes and mopeds are less likely to wear the full protection and we would urge people to consider their safety and protection.

“We are committed to reducing road casualties and will continue to work with motorcyclists and other motorists to help keep people safe on our roads.”