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Campaign launched to stop increase in biker deaths in Hampshire
A CAMPAIGN has been launched with the twin aims of curbing the number of motorcyclist deaths in Hampshire and educating riders about staying safe.
Extra police will be on duty on known accident routes and roads across the county that are popular with bikers attending meets on certain nights of the week and weekends.
Police chiefs say that if motorcyclists continue to lose their lives at the same rate in coming months, the county could be facing its worst number of motorcycle fatalities in five years.
Details of the campaign, called Operation Climate, follow the latest tragedy when a man in his 40s from Havant died in a rush-hour collision on the M27 just over a fortnight ago.
Inspector Steve Wakeford, who is leading Operation Climate, said: “We have already gone back to 2010 as far as the figures are concerned, and if the situation continues at the same rate, it will take us back to the picture we had in 2008 when 25 people lost their lives in motorcycle accidents. We don’t want that.”
Insp Wakeford said the sudden rise in deaths on the roads coincided with the arrival of good weather last month, bringing more leisure riders out on their motorbikes.
He added: “We investigate and analyse each fatality and there is no general cause that is the same behind each one.
“The fatalities we have seen have been a mix of rider error and driver error, with speed an aspect in some cases.”
Operation Climate comes on top of the year-round work being done in Hampshire that focuses on vulnerable road users and priority routes where accidents regularly occur.
The force also backs the national Think Bike and Bike Safe schemes, as well as collaborating with other authorities on campaigns.
Insp Wakeford added: “The biggest thing for us is education, because we want to prevent fatalities and serious injury on our roads.”
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