Motorcycle week of action
Norfolk and Suffolk Constabularies have taken part in the National Police Chiefs’ Council’s (NPCC) Motorcycle Week of Action, held between Monday 21 to Sunday 27 March.
During the week in total Suffolk and Norfolk Constabularies stopped 52 motorbikes. As a result they issued 24 TORs (Traffic Offence Reports), 22 verbal warnings and 15 were referred to the Vehicle Defect Rectification Scheme, requiring them to get faults fixed within 14 days. 10 negative breath tests were conducted and two vehicles were seized; one for no insurance S165 seizure and one for continued vehicle use in an anti-social manner.
The national week-long road safety campaign was aimed at motorcyclists using local roads to improve rider behavior, improve road safety and contribute to a reduction in the numbers of those riders who are killed or seriously injured.
This operation follows on from the success of the second NPCC national Motorcycle Week of Action in 2015, which was held in August, when the following results were achieved: a total of 1074 motorcycles stopped, 724 road traffic offences detected and 711 enforcement and education interventions carried out.
Chief Inspector Kristin Barnard, head of the Norfolk and Suffolk Roads Policing Unit, said: “The Road Casualty Reduction Teams have both only been in post under a year but already we are seeing excellent results. The team are targeting the fatal four motoring offences which are the primary causes of serious injury or death on the roads, which are; speeding; driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs; not wearing a seatbelt; and using a mobile phone whilst driving. We are encouraging drivers to think about the consequences of their actions and ensure that their vehicles are road-worthy.”
Inspector Jon Chapman (for Norfolk) from Suffolk and Norfolk Roads Policing and Firearms Unit said: “Although motorcyclists take up a much smaller proportion of drivers on the roads, collisions involving them can be much more serious as they have little protection.
“It is disappointing to see that of the bikes stopped, nearly half of them were for a traffic offence. I would highly recommend that riders consider taking one of our motorcyclist workshops to improve their ability whilst on the road. Details of the courses are available on our website.
“Reducing casualties on the roads is every drivers responsibility, especially as motorcyclist can be harder to see on the roads.”
Norfolk Road Casualty Reduction Team:
Norfolk’s new Road Casualty Reduction Team (RCRT) launched in August 2015 and also took part in the week of action. The team carries out pro-active patrols targeting vulnerable road users, collision hotspots and aims to reduce the number of road casualties in Norfolk. The team, made up of four police motorcyclists, is funded by the Road Safety Camera Partnership and provides additional support to routine patrol deployment.
Between August 2015 to Jan 2016, officers issued 1281 TORs (Traffic Offence Reports) for the following offences; 294 for speed offences; 332 for mobile phone offences; 300 for seatbelt offences; and 355 for other offences. 554 drivers were referred to the Vehicle Defect Rectification Scheme, requiring them to get faults fixed within 14 days and 35 vehicles seized for no insurance or no licence. 509 roadside breath tests were conducted, with four positive results.
Norfolk Police holds regular motorcycle workshops to educate riders called Safe Rider.