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Cross-county operation supports National Motorcycle Week of Action

September 6, 2017
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The four police forces of the East Midlands Operational Support Service (EMOpSS) have taken part in a national campaign aiming to reduce the number of motorcyclists killed or seriously injured on the UK’s roads and raising awareness about how to improve rider behaviour and improve road safety.

EMOpSS provides roads policing and collision investigation to the communities of Leicestershire, Lincolnshire, Northamptonshire and Nottinghamshire. It also provides armed policing response, firearms training and specialist search skills and dog support.

It took part in the National Police Chiefs’ Council’s (NPCC) Motorcycle Week of Action, held between Monday 28 August and Sunday 3 September 2017.

The cross-border operation was supported by Nottinghamshire Police and Crime Commissioner Paddy Tipping.

During the week officers stopped 126 riders across all four Force areas, including 44 in Nottinghamshire, after conducting high visibility patrols in known offending hotspots.

These targeted locations included the A1133 from Winthorpe to Newton-on-Trent, B6326 London Road, New Balderton, A6006 between the Gamston Lings roundabout and Nether Broughton, A616 New Ollerton, A6006 Rempstone Road, Leicestershire and the A157/A158 Wragby, Lincolnshire.

As a result of the week of action, across all four Force areas, officers issued 59 traffic offence reports/graduated fixed penalty notices/fixed penalty notices and gave 53 verbal warnings which also included advice to riders.

A total of 89 road traffic offences were detected, including 36 in Nottinghamshire. These offences included 32 incidents of speeding and 22 of careless and inconsiderate riding. Nine vehicles were seized during the operation, with one rider arrested in the Lincolnshire Force area for failing to stop.

Chief Inspector Andrew Hall is Head of Road Policing for the four Forces.

He said: "Motorcyclists are more vulnerable than many other road users and continue to represent a high proportion of those either seriously injured or killed on our roads.

"It’s extremely important for all Forces to participate in the Motorcycle Week of Action as we need to increase awareness among general motorists as well as riders about how to improve road safety.

"We also need to educate them about the dangers of not having the correct skills nor the knowledge to ride safely, encouraging drivers and riders to think about the consequences of their actions, as well as enforcing compliance of road traffic regulations and prosecuting offenders where necessary."

PCC Tipping added: "Although accidents are going down, incidents with motorbikes are going up. I’m delighted that we are doing something about it.   

"This week has helped to raise awareness of the main safety issues for motorcyclists and help to keep them, and their bikes, safe."

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