Police and BMF disagree over bikers' safety policy
The British Motorcyclists' Federation (BMF) has accused North Wales Police of 'using a sledgehammer to crack a peanut' - but the police say its actions have saved lives, according to a BBC News report.
The comments came as motorcyclists were riding in north east and north west Wales on Sunday in a Reclaim North Wales protest, organised by the magazine Motorcycle News.
The BMF likened the policy to stopping football fans just because they like football, but North Wales Police said Operation Focus has brought the number of road deaths down.
Jeff Stone, from the BMF, said: "Ordinary, everyday motorcyclists just going for rides on the beautiful roads of north Wales find themselves harassed by police.
"We fully accept there are problems, some people who are going too fast, in the wrong places and causing accidents. But that's not the majority."
Chief inspector Gary Ashton from North Wales Police, told BBC Radio Wales: "In 2007, 12 motorcyclists died on the roads of north Wales, in 2008 eight more than that died, so that's 20 in two years.
"But this year we've seen a reduction and while it's unfortunate for any loss of life it's only two compared to the large figures we've seen before."
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