Scheme reduces motorbike deaths

A police operation, which saw the A6 in Ambergate patrolled as part of a bid to reduce the number of motorcyclists killed or injured, has come to an end with fewer deaths 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.

And 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 the A6 between Ambergate and Buxton and the A57 Snake Pass.

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 by logging-on to the Bikesafe website at www.bikesafe.co.uk.