Bike campaign is a success on county’s roads

A road safety campaign launched by the Safer Northumberland Partnership to warn bikers about the dangers of speeding and cornering has been hailed a success.

For the past three years, Northumberland County Council, Northumberland Fire and Rescue Service and Northumbria Police have led an initiative aimed at cutting motorbike related accidents.

This year, the signs warning bikers about the dangers of speeding and cornering, were put up on rural roads in key locations where police have received reports of dangerous driving.

Coun Dave Ledger, deputy leader, said: “Over the years there have been a number of lives lost on roads in the county but since the scheme launched in 2010 the numbers have been going down.

“We hope these signs will continue to have a positive impact on the behaviour of people who may otherwise drive dangerously on our roads.”

A survey by Northumbria Police revealed 38 per cent of motorcycle riders who saw the signs said they would change the way they handled their bike, and 68 per cent of respondents said they thought the campaign was effective.

The road safety signs were erected by officers from Northumberland Fire and Rescue Service and were displayed from April to October.

The campaign was underpinned by motor patrol officers and local neighbourhood officers from Northumbria Police who took positive action with anyone caught speeding or riding dangerously.