Biker death toll already more than double

Traffic constable Reece Williams urges bikers to take care on the county'sroads following a major rise in biker deaths. Picture by Neil Silk 133220a.
Traffic constable Reece Williams urges bikers to take care on the county'sroads following a major rise in biker deaths. Picture by Neil Silk 133220a.

“Seven out of ten motorbike fatalities are due to rider

errors.”

That is the stark message from road safety chiefs in a year which has already seen more than double the number of biker deaths in North Yorkshire compared to 2012.

The hard-hitting figures reveal there had been 11 deaths as of last week, compared with five in the whole of last year.

In the Scarborough and Ryedale districts alone, four people have died while there were no fatalities in 2012 and three in 2011. This year has also seen 20 bikers seriously injured and 25 others suffer “slight” injuries on the districts’ roads.

North Yorkshire deputy chief constable Tim Madgwick, said: “It’s a huge issue for us and our community because in the majority of cases it is due to motorcyclists driving irresponsibly. It’s important to flag that up and get the message out to our motorcycling community - we want them to visit the area but don’t want them to go back home in a box.”

Warning riders to watch their speed, he added: “If people are going to take risks with their lives, we will enforce the law to its fullest.”

Police are still appealing for information after a Scarborough biker was killed in a horror smash on the A171 on July 27. The rider, in his late 30s, died following the crash involving his black Honda motorbike and a black Citroen C3 car.

Two men were arrested and are currently on police bail.