Cumbria and Yorkshire police target bikers

Popular motorcycle routes patrolled

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.