Cumbria and Yorkshire police target bikers

Popular motorcycle routes patrolled

Posted: 14 July 2011
by Visordown News

POLICE in North Yorkshire and Cumbria joined forces last Sunday, patrolling popular motorcycle routes in an operation primarily aimed at motorcycle safety to support both forces’ ongoing campaigns to reduce biker deaths and injuries.

Traffic Sergeant Pete Stringer from North Yorkshire's Road Policing Unit, said: “While our primary aim was reducing motorcycle casualties, approximately 70 per cent of the offenders we dealt with were car drivers. The vast majority of motorcyclists we observed were riding appropriately and safely, and I praise them for that.”

In Cumbria, officers stopped over 75 motorcyclists at Cowan Bridge. Seventeen vehicle defect rectification notices were issued for illegal or faulty exhausts and number plates. Two riders were stopped for speeding and one was taken into custody for riding a motorcycle while over the legal limit for alcohol.

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Catching idiotic car drivers that ruin our favourite routes, sounds good too me, unless they're pulling over every bike and not every car as thats just blatent discrimination and abuse of power. :s

Posted: 14/07/2011 at 10:23

Tell you what fella's, why not try something different and actually target real crimes?

Posted: 14/07/2011 at 13:28

They're not really riding ducatis are they?

Posted: 14/07/2011 at 13:36

Burglaries up 14% ! There's a good start.

Posted: 14/07/2011 at 14:47

Yep, they were on the t.v. moaning about the 20% cut to the police force. If they spent more time doing real crime fighting then I would feel sorry for them...

Posted: 14/07/2011 at 17:06

Because, obviously, breaking the law on the road isn't *really* breaking the law. It's only a crime when other people are doing it.

As long as it's aimed at everyone, and not unfairly targeting bikers, I'm all for enforcement of the rules. All those people who think they're a riding god and can do triple figures whilst being perfectly safe, yet fail to see the luminous yellow and blue police vehicle that clocks them, deserve to get nailed.

Also, those police bikes look awesome. I want one.

Posted: 14/07/2011 at 18:51

"Seventeen vehicle defect rectification notices were issued for illegal or faulty exhausts and number plates"

oh yeah... that really sounds like it had a big impact on "safety" !?!??!


Posted: 19/07/2011 at 13:30

Glad to see the operation wasn't targetted at bikers specifically. Based on the figures quoted it looks like they stopped over 200 car drivers. Would have been good to see the stats on what they stopped them for in the same way it was reported on what bikers were done for.

Also good to see a positive statement about bikers from the police. All too often, only bad comments on bikers are seen in the press these days.

Posted: 19/07/2011 at 13:35

Like the cop said 70% of bad road users were on more than two weeks which is pretty consistent with the established fact that only 22% of bike accidents are down to bikers.

Easy enough to stop this harassment! Do as the old RAC/AA patrols did (things moved more slowly then) they saluted members carrying badges on their vehicles. If they didn't salute you knew there was cop ahead.

Hey people are human and err, just like my robotic Sat Nav and they stick Speed Camera warning signs up don't they ??? ... whats the difference? When I started biking every bike acknowledged each other, now they don't. Especially G'Wing and Harley owners. They look down their noses at Sports bike riders but my Ducati cost more than their boat anchors has it happens. The Cops don't need to divide and conquer. We did it for them.

Or ... Form an AHAG (Anti-Harassment Action Group) If The BMF and MAG weren't so impotent they would have done it. With social networking and using an Twitter app on our fones, we can render these operations totally ineffective against bikers so that only car drivers are caught in their money traps.

Didn't do Nelson Mandela any harm to stand against illuminati elitist lead oppression, on his birthday week he gets treated like Royalty. He had Apartheid we have those dark and sinister Masonic B*st*rds the ACPO!

Posted: 20/07/2011 at 01:03

“While our primary aim was reducing motorcycle casualties, approximately 70 per cent of the offenders we dealt with were car drivers..."

Hit the nail on the head there I think, target car drivers and bikes will suddenly become a whole lot safer, as if by magic!

What's it going to take to get this simple fact through to the eternal stream of dim-wits that always end up running this country?

Posted: 20/07/2011 at 08:45

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