Essex motorcycle cops use covert video

A good way to alienate bikers is to join their rideout and film them

MOTORCYCLE cops are using covert video cameras as part of a new drive to reduce biker deaths across Essex.

Essex Police motorcyclists, using unmarked machines fitted with cameras, have caught more than 50 speeding riders in just three weekends.

The 55 riders, who were filmed speeding or riding carelessly, will now have to attend a newly-launched Rider Intervention Developing Experience course.

The covert patrols have been launched following an increase in serious accidents involving motorcycles in Essex.

Between January 1 and April 12, three riders died and 42 were seriously injured, compared with three fatalities and 30 serious injuries in the same period last year.

Sgt Mick Green, of the force’s casualty reduction unit’s motorcycle team, said the covert patrols started in March. Riders in plain clothes on unmarked bikes were joining groups of motorcyclists on popular routes to record offences.

He said: “There are several routes from London into the Essex countryside that are popular with riders. Our officers join the back of the group and use the camera to record offences or to radio ahead so other officers can intercept offenders. Motorcyclists are a unique group of road users and require unique interventions to reduce casualties. Some consider themselves invincible, and even after a short disqualification, might return to the road with the same perception.”