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Derbyshire roads policing team get geared up for summer motorcycle safety drive

Derbyshire police officers are heading out across Derbyshire as part of a summer campaign to promote safe riding to motorcyclists.

Operation Safe Ride is an annual drive that kicks off on Good Friday and runs until late September.

It’s aimed at promoting safe riding and helping to keep motorcyclists who head out to enjoy the counties roads safely.

Over the coming weeks and months, motorbike riders will see an increase in police road patrols – and they will be stopping at a fair few biker beauty spots along the way to have a chat with people about the operation.

Sergeant Ian Miller, from the Casualty Reduction Enforcement Support Team (CREST), said: “Over the warmer months and lighter nights, we see an increase in the number of motorcyclists out across Derbyshire and that’s why we’re launching Operation Safe Ride now.

“There are a huge number of bike riders who quite rightly want to head out and enjoy some of the fantastic roads our county has to offer, whether that’s in the High Peak, down towards Matlock Bath, or further south towards Melbourne.

“Similarly, we have a lot of motorcyclists who journey from other counties into Derbyshire and what we want to do is make sure that all riders who come here can enjoy the roads safely.

“Several of our officers are keen motorcyclists, and we’ll be joining bikers on the roads or at those popular areas to talk with them about what we’re doing.”

Operation Safe Ride is a joint campaign by the Derby and Derbyshire Road Safety Partnership, which is made up of the police, county and city councils, the fire service, Highways England and the NHS.

The partnership aims to promote safe riding and driving.

Part of that will include speed and roadside safety checks, where our officers will be making sure bikes are roadworthy and seizing any that fall below the legal standard.

Sgt Miller said: “The vast majority of motorcyclists stick to the rules of the road, which exist for their safety. But we do catch people breaking the law and putting themselves and other road users at risk of serious injury or death, and it’s those riders we will be looking out for. We want people to come here and ride along our fantastic roads, but they need to obey the rules of those roads and part of Operation Safe Ride is aimed at making sure they do.”

You can follow the roads policing team on Twitter by searching for @DerbyshireRPU. They’ll be tweeting information and advice throughout the campaign, as well as photos of some of the more stunning riding routes in Derbyshire.

 

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