Keep yourself safe: Police offer tips ahead of start of riding season

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Lincolnshire Police have asked riders to be vigilant as they return to the roads over the Easter weekend. Having examined their statistics for the last three years, Lincs police say that the most common reason for a collision is careless riding with speeding, failing to look properly and loss of control high on the list.

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“I’m a police motorcyclist and also own and ride a sportsbike off duty too,” says Sgt Adie Scargill, Specialist Operations, Lincolnshire Police. “There is a problem with a small number of riders who cause a substantial amount of danger.

“My ask of everyone who rides or drives on our roads in Lincolnshire, is to think what’s around you. Take time to look around. I’m asking riders to think what may happen ahead of them, can they stop in time? I’m asking drivers to always think about and look for bikers.”

A police rider on track

As part of their campaign, officers will be speaking to riders at a local level, checking the roadworthiness of vehicles and also offering advice on safer riding. But the police are keen to point out that they’re not just targeting bikers.

A third of  of collisions are caused by other vehicles, so police will be talking to drivers to encourage them to take an extra moment to check for bikes.