Green light for road safety scheme

A SUCCESSFUL road safety scheme is being rolled out again.

Over the last three years, Northumberland County Council, Northumberland Fire and Rescue Service and Northumbria Police have led an initiative to cut motorbike related accidents on roads.

This year’s signs, warning about the dangers of speeding and cornering, will be put up at key locations on rural roads where police have received reports of dangerous driving.

The eye-catching yellow signs – designed to make bikers and drivers think twice about speeding – will be put up at accident black-spots throughout March, initially appearing on rural and arterial routes leading through Morpeth, Alnwick, Berwick and west Northumberland.

Coun Anita Romer, executive member for public protection, 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.”

Alex Bennett, chief fire officer for Northumberland Fire and Rescue Service, said: “We want bikers, drivers and their passengers to enjoy the countryside but to treat the area with respect and understand the hazards presented on rural roads.”

Chief Inspector Aidan Sloan, of Northumbria Police, said: “Each year, we aim to reduce the number of collisions in the area, particularly those involving motorbikes on the rural roads.

“By working together with partners, we want to warn bikers of the dangers of driving too quickly or without full care and attention on these roads – any careless action could result in serious injury for themselves or others.

“Bikers do tend to be out more on the roads in the summer months so by putting signs up prior to the lighter nights and warmer weather it gives people a strong early reminder to take it easy and be vigilant out on the roads.”

The safety signs will be displayed from mid-March until October.