Video: Police urge bikers to take care on Suffolk roads

POLICE are urging bikers to keep safe on the roads following the death of three riders in the last three months.

Fourteen people have died as a result of collisions on Suffolk roads so far this year, of which six have been motorcyclists.

Earlier this year, police launched Operation Ryde, aimed at reducing the number of motorcycle deaths and serious collisions on county roads.

Today, Sergeant Paul Ward has reinforced the campaign’s message by urging bikers to be aware of the dangers they face on the road.

As part of the campaign, a DVD called John’s Story has been released, highlighting a rider’s account of a collision he was involved in two years ago. So far, more than 9,000 people have viewed the video online.

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Sgt Paul Ward, who heads the Casualty Reduction Team as part of Suffolk Police’s Roads Policing Unit, said urged more riders to view the film and listen to the its safety message.

Sgt Ward said: “We are very keen for motorcyclists across the country to take extra care when out on our roads and to listen to the messages contained in ‘John’s Story’.

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“Eight motorcyclists died on our roads last year, and six have died in 2012 already. We are asking that all riders take simple safety measures when out on the roads – be visible, dress for safety, be aware of the other road users and drive safely.”

Officers will be carrying out patrols on weekends throughout the Summer, interacting with motorcyclists and giving them advice and guidance.

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