Police keeping an eye on bikers

York Advanced Motorcyclists feature by Julie Marshall:'Julie, right, is observed by Keith Kocinski, as she rides her BMW near Sherburn in Elmet. picture mike cowling may 2 09
York Advanced Motorcyclists feature by Julie Marshall:'Julie, right, is observed by Keith Kocinski, as she rides her BMW near Sherburn in Elmet. picture mike cowling may 2 09

BIKERS have been out in force locally thanks to the recent warmer weather, but they are being warned that the police are watching.

The East Riding Roads Policing Team, based at Driffield, were patrolling the main motorcycle routes around the Pocklington area on Sunday using their unmarked Suzuki Hayabusa motorcycle.

The 200mph machine is fitted with video recording and average speed detection equipment. and its role is to capture evidence of poor riding on film and then, when the offender is stopped, he or she is able to view their ride on a monitor.

The biker is then either prosecuted if serious offences are revealed, or sent on a RIDE diversion scheme if the offences are of a more minor nature.

It is all part of Humberside Police’s annual campaign to promote safer riding through enforcement and education.

Simon Carlisle, casualty reduction officer for the East Riding said: “The unmarked bike dealt with eight offenders on Sunday, none of which had committed any serious offences.

“However, out of 77 persons injured as a result of road traffic collisions so far this year in the East Riding, seven have been riders of motorcycles, representing nearly 10 per cent. This is still a concern given that motorcycles only represent two per cent of traffic on our roads.

“Another problem is the anti-social riding and harassment by motorcyclists.

“On Sunday I saw a number of vehicles on the A614 moving onto the verge to allow motorcycles past as they were following far too close to be safe.

“I saw another motorcyclist make an inappropriate gesture to a car driver as he did not bow down to this bullying and remained in a safe position on the road.

“We receive weekly complaints from motorists in relation to this type of behaviour.

“These riders are giving a bad name to those law abiding riders that enjoy our roads safely.

“It should be remembered by these riders that this is not only an offence of careless driving under the Road Traffic Act, but also an offence of causing alarm, harassment or distress under the Public Order Act. They may also have their vehicle seized under the Police Reform Act.

“Officers at Driffield Roads Policing Team will not tolerate this sort of behaviour, and will be patrolling on the unmarked motorcycle and in unmarked cars to detect and deal positively with these offences.”