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ACPO lead hosts motorcycle safety ‘webchat’

Friday 1st August 2014

ACPO’s lead for motorcycling hosted a live webchat on Monday 4 August to mark the start of a national month of action focusing on motorcycle safety.

Deputy chief constable Tim Madgwick, who became ACPO’s national lead for motorcycling earlier this year, was joined in the webchat by road safety experts from across North Yorkshire.

The session covered issues including the importance of wearing protective clothing and taking up further training to enhance riding skills. People joining the session were able ask questions relating to motorcycling safety and the law.

The webchat marked the beginning of a ‘motorcycle safety month of action’ throughout August.

As well as promoting key safety messages, roads policing officers will be carrying out ‘days of action’ targeting serious offending.

For low-level offending, such as traffic sign offences or not being in proper control of a bike, riders will be offered a Rider Intervention and Developing Experience (RIDE) course as an alternative to prosecution, which is designed to help improve riders’ skills and knowledge.

DCC Madgwick, from North Yorkshire Police, said: “The more opportunities we have to talk to motorcyclists and other members of the public, the better we can help them to help us to improve road safety."

 

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I knew I wouldn't get an answer Bob, but I had to ask just to confirm the fact. It's a fundamental question and one that needs answering before we waste too much public money on ineffective training methods.
Duncan MacKillop, Startford on Avon

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I don't know what you expected, Duncan. I would not have expected any answer to that question. Many of the questions asked were very simple and required little thought to answer and I believe that many were previewed by the panel anyway. I also got little, or should I say nothing, out of it.
bob craven Lancs

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I joined in and asked what their thoughts were on the number of reports that conclude "there is no evidence that driver education programmes are effective in preventing road traffic injuries or crashes". They didn't answer.
Duncan MacKillop, Startford on Avon

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DCC Madgwick will be joined on the webchat by specialist police and road safety officers from across North Yorkshire. These include Traffic Sergeant Sean Grey from North Yorkshire Police’s motorcycle unit; Fiona Ancell, Road Safety and Travel Awareness Officer for North Yorkshire County Council who is also an experienced motorcyclist; and Traffic Sergeant Clare Sawyer, the force’s casualty reduction officer. You can also link to the 95 Alive York and North Yorkshire Road Safety Partnership’s Bikers’ Guide to North Yorkshire via the 95 Alive website: http://www.roadwise.co.uk/bikers
Honor Byford, Road Safety Team Leader, North Yorkshire Councty Council

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