Norfolk police has been raising awareness regarding the safety of motorcyclists and cyclists.
Last week saw officers supporting the National Police Chiefs’ Council (NPCC) “2 Wheels” campaign, alongside another roads policing operation called “Close Pass”, both of which focus on the dangers faced by cyclists from motorists driving too close to them.
The aim of both campaigns is to raise awareness among drivers and riders about how to improve driver/rider behaviour to enhance road safety.
Motorcyclists make up just one per cent of all motorists, yet are 16 times more likely to be injured in a serious or fatal collision as opposed to car drivers. They are one of the most vulnerable road users, alongside cyclists.
As part of this year’s campaign, officers conducted checks in both marked and unmarked vehicles in areas frequently used by motorcyclists and cyclists.
Officers talked to riders about the dangers of not having the correct skills, knowledge and personal protection equipment.
Temporary Chief Inspector Jon Chapman, Head of the Joint Norfolk and Suffolk Roads and Armed Policing Team, said: “Riders must of course consider their own safety and be responsible road users as much as anyone else, but I would urge drivers of other vehicles to take extra care when travelling near to cyclists or motorcyclists and recognise that they are more vulnerable. Don’t drive too closely to them and allow plenty of room if overtaking.”