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.”
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