Officers engage with bikers on Merseyside
Police and road safety officers on Merseyside engaged with 100 motorcyclists as part of a joint safety initiative designed to help keep them safe on the region’s roads.
Officer from Merseyside Police, Mersey Tunnels Police and Wirral Council’s road safety team were available to speak to, and collect basic information from bikers at the entrance to the Mersey tunnels on the morning and afternoon of Thursday 30 July.
Riders were given information and advice about riding in Merseyside, and the police’s Bikesafe scheme, and also received a free biker-related gift.
Sergeant Paul Mountford, from Merseyside Police’s roads policing team, said: “We wanted riders to share some of their experiences with us so we can hear first-hand what and where the dangers are for motorcyclists.
“It was their chance to speak to police and road safety officers who are themselves bikers.”
Since 2010 there has been an 84% rise in motorcycle casualties in Merseyside. In 2014 there were 290 crashes involving motorcyclists in Merseyside. 111 riders were killed or seriously injured while a further 116 other road users were seriously injured as a result of motorcycle crashes.
Sergeant Mountford continued: "We recognise that the vast majority of bikers ride sensibly and safely. However, there will always be a minority of riders who take dangerous risks, either by speeding or riding recklessly.
“We also recognise the importance of drivers looking out for bikers, particularly at junctions and giving them extra consideration. Saying “sorry, I didn’t see them” will not cut the mustard with officers, and drivers can expect the full rigour of the law.”
“Throughout the summer we will be using unmarked and camera equipped police vehicles to detect careless and dangerous riders and drivers who are a danger to themselves and other road users.
“Our approach on enforcement has not changed; we will robustly enforce the law to reduce the risk to all road users”.