Bid to stem motorcycle crashes

Road safety bosses hope to stem the number of motorbike crashes and accidents involving elderly people by introducing two pioneering posts in Norfolk.Norfolk County Council is one of the first authorities in the country to set aside £600,000 solely to raise awareness of the high number of accidents which involve either motorcyclists or the elderly.

Road safety bosses hope to stem the number of motorbike crashes and accidents involving elderly people by introducing two pioneering posts in Norfolk.

Norfolk County Council is one of the first authorities in the country to set aside £600,000 solely to raise awareness of the high number of accidents which involve either motorcyclists or the elderly.

The cash is part of a £2m government windfall.

The move was welcomed by Allan Bennett, whose mother-in-law Barbara D'Ayala was killed in 2005 after she was hit by a bus in Hethersett.

The 70-year-old, who lived in South Croft, Hethersett, had been cycling to buy vegetables for her neighbour but pulled out in front of a First bus without looking and died shortly afterwards.

Mr Bennett, 56, who lives in School Lane, Little Melton, said: "This is a good way for the council to spend its money because we are a rural county and we tend to get a lot of elderly riding bikes. But it is not just the elderly that need training - all motorists should be trained in how to give cyclists a wider berth."