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Operation Pit Stop rides again

Monday 26th October 2009

Police motorcyclists and roads policing officers worked alongside Leeds’ road safety unit to run the second instalment of Operation Pit Stop, which was launched in March 2009.

The teams visited schools and colleges and patrolled major routes to educate young riders about how to get around safely and legally. Over the two days they stopped 42 riders with six receiving fixed penalty tickets and 11 given advice about the condition of their vehicles.

About half of all riders stopped were given advice about the dangers of not wearing proper protective clothing. Among them was a woman scooter rider who, despite wearing a good quality helmet and high-specification protective jacket, was also dressed in a short skirt and trainers.

Goody bags were distributed as part of the initiative, which included discount vouchers and information on where to get fashionable protective clothing and further training.

Sergeant Ady Newman said: “Operation Pit Stop is educating young riders about the dangers they face. We are not out to persecute them. We just want them to get proper training and wear decent quality protective equipment so they don’t become another statistic.”

Contact David Glanville on 0113 2475804 for more information.

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You cannot legislate what a motorcyclist wear. scooter riders from the past have never worn protective clothing in the main though some do from time to time.
Young riders, females etc choose not to wear such clothing as a matter of choice or fashion and there has been no long term study that can make any comparison injury for injury. Also some of the injuries sustained in accidents do not have any protective clothing specifically made for the purpose of preventing such injuries anyway.

We can only recommend thats all we cant force.
bob craven [ otherwise known as Judge Dredd} Blackpool

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As i have wrtten before. Initiatives like this should be ongoing.aand countrywide and also publications which are produced by the DSA and Rospa and IAM should be made more redily availabe and maybe given free with every bike/scooter sold.

Also we should have a requirement for say 12 or 20 hrs of training after CBTand before the test. and this could be run by volunteers. Similar to the RAC/ACU training scheme. The roads could be made a safer place.
bob craven [ otherwise known as Judge Dredd} Blackpool

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