Double tragedy sparks safety plea to bikers

A Scarborough traffic officer is urging bikers to take care on the roads following two fatal accidents on Sunday.
A Scarborough traffic officer is urging bikers to take care on the roads following two fatal accidents on Sunday.

A Scarborough traffic officer is urging bikers to take extra care on the roads following two fatal accidents on the North York Moors on Sunday.

A 47-year-old motorcyclist, from Stockton, died in a major crash involving a car on the A171 near the Falcon Inn at around 10.20am.

At around 1.10pm, a 51-year-old man, from Redcar, was killed after his motorbike was in collision with a car in Lockton.

Traffic Sgt Richard Parsons, of Scarborough Police’s Roads Policing Group, said: “Sadly there were two motorcycle deaths in the county over the weekend and I hope that will be the end of the fatalities this year.

“Large numbers of bikers visit North Yorkshire every year and the vast majority of them go home safely. Unfortunately, we do get tragedies where bikers don’t make it back to their families and we are working hard to educate bikers through initiatives such as the Bikesafe scheme to try and reduce the number of casualties on our roads.”

The county has seen 145 motorcyclist deaths on its 5,500-mile road network since 2002.

Sgt Parsons added: “In North Yorkshire we welcome motorcyclists who are responsible. Anyone who comes here and doesn’t take their responsibility seriously and rides outside the law will be dealt with.”