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Cops shock tactics for bad riders

Published: 23 September 2002

Updated: 19 November 2014

Police in Surrey are trialling a scheme designed to educate bad or careless riders into changing their attitude, without resorting to the traditional points or fine.

Anyone spotted by officers riding (or driving) erratically or dangerously will be shown images from the aftermath of a fatal crash caused by similar behaviour.

The force isn’t convinced that excessive speed is the sole cause of accidents, and believes the answer to solving them lies not in more Gatsos, but in alerting riders to the risk of collisions.

Surrey police will still prosecute repeat offenders, but it hopes that most motorcyclists stopped will see sense and re-think their riding habits.

" We want to start to understand more about people’s behaviour by speaking to them " , explains Chief Superintendent Bill Harding, the man behind the new plan, " This way we can take more effective and appropriate action to help them change their behaviour. "

What do you make of the scheme? Novel way to combat accidents or meaningless shock tactics? Would seeing images from a fatal accident slow you down? Click on the link on the right and tell us.

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