Welsh police respond to increase in road deaths

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Two police forces in North Wales have issued warnings to riders to take care on the road, after the number of motorcycle road deaths has more than doubled this year.

16 motorcycles have already been killed on Welsh roads since the start of 2016, with a further 72 riders seriously injured.

This compares to a total of sixth deaths in both the North Wales and Dyfed Powys force areas throughout all of 2015.

The worrying statistics have forced the hands of both Mark Polin and Simon Prince, chief constables of North Wales Police and Dyfed Powys force respectively to join forces to raise awareness of the issue.

In a joint statement, both Welsh police forces have urged riders and motorists to drive safely when visiting Wales, with rider error and excessive speed, particularly on bends, quoted as the biggest factors for this increase in collisions.

The statement says: “This year’s increase is a very real public safety concern and a priority for both police forces. Our approach on enforcement has not changed; we will robustly enforce the law so that we can assist in reducing the risk to all road users.”

“Motorcyclists, and other motorists, taking their time to visit the beautiful countryside of mid and north Wales are very welcome so long as they ride or drive safely and within the law. Those who choose to break the law can expect to be prosecuted.”

Education and Enforcement

While both forces stressed the importance of enforcement in cracking down on motorcycle road casualties, education is also vital to reversing the worrying statistics.

“The approach around reducing the number of people killed or seriously injured on our roads is not, of course, based around enforcement alone.

“We continue to work with riders through a variety of engagement events and we will use what opportunities we can to educate riders as to the risks associated with riding inappropriately.

“We continue to be avid supporters of Bike Safe, an extremely valuable resource that is very well received, and we wish to encourage as many riders as possible to engage with a local Bike Safe workshop.”

It’s a sentiment shared by other police forces around the UK, including Lancashire Police who we spoke with recently.

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