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Police set for a summer road safety scheme

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: April 12, 2014

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DERBYSHIRE Police will be making their presence felt on the countryside roads where bikers are regularly getting killed or hurt during the summer months.

As a result of funding from the Derby and Derbyshire Road Safety Partnership, officers will be running an operation designed to prevent countryside crashes involving motorcyclists.

Operation Focus is due to be launched on Good Friday, April 18, and will run on weekends and selected evenings until September.

During that time, marked and unmarked vehicles will be used to carry out speed detection and patrols on routes with high casualty figures.

Chief Inspector Tracy Lewis, head of roads policing in Derbyshire, said: “Comparatively speaking, riders make up the largest proportion of those killed or seriously injured on Derbyshire roads because there are far fewer motorcycles on our roads than there are cars.

“During Operation Focus, we will be speaking with riders about the dangers of speeding and will take enforcement action in the more serious cases.

“Derbyshire police are keen to ensure our roads are safe.”

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