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Crackdown on dangerous bikers in Broadway
9:54am Friday 18th July 2014 in News
POLICE will be cracking down on motorcyclists speeding and driving dangerously in Broadway on Sunday.
West Mercia Police has teamed up with the Safer Roads Partnership and Warwickshire Police to run the joint operation on the A44, as well as the A46 in Salford Priors in Warwickshire, this weekend.
Motorcyclists are often reported racing in the two areas and officers will be carrying out highly-visible patrols in the area in an effort to stamp out the nuisance.
Specialist units involving motorcycle police, speed enforcement officers and the Operational Patrol Unit (OPU) team will be involved in the initiative which is being carried out on Sunday 20th July and will continue over the summer months around other operational commitments.
The aim of the initiative is to provide a highly visible deterrent to speeding motorists and motorcyclists as well as cracking down on inappropriate riding and nuisance offences such as noise. Activity will focus on the A44 in Broadway and the A46 at Salford Priors.
Sergeant Stuart Allen from the Operational Policing Unit at Warwickshire Police and West Mercia Police said there was “an obvious road safety issue” in the two areas.
“This action is also being taken in support of people living around the areas who have complained through their safer neighbourhood team or parish council about the noise and high speeds of the machines involved,” he said.
“We intend to continue with this initiative until the message gets through to the minority of motorists causing the problems that their activities will not be tolerated.”
Safer Roads Partnership communications manager Anna Higgins said both Worcestershire and Warwickshire are very popular with bikers but it was important they all stayed as safe as possible while on the road.
“Through local operations like this one, and by supporting the national Think Bike campaign, we aim to make motorcyclists more aware of the risks that are present when they are out on the roads and help us reduce the amount of collisions that take place,” she said.
“Bikers are also invited to brush up on their skills or gain more confidence on their bike by taking advantage of our Take Control motorcycle skills course.
“The course is subsidised by the partnership so riders can get a half day course for £25 or a full day for £50 which offers great value for money, compared to the usual cost of motorcycle training.”
For more information call 101.