Motorcyclists in Norfolk being given chance to help keep themselves safe on the county’s roads as part of new scheme

Police motorcyclist PC Andy Lawer and Norfolk County Council’s motorcycle road safety officer Andy M

Police motorcyclist PC Andy Lawer and Norfolk County Councils motorcycle road safety officer Andy Micklethwaite. PIC: Supplied by Norfolk police - Credit: Archant

Motorcyclists across Norfolk are being given the chance to help keep themselves safer on the roads.

Safer Rider is a Norfolk Constabulary workshops course run as part of the Road Casualty Reduction Partnership and aims to reduce the number of motorcycle casualties.

The number of motorcyclists killed on the county's roads increased to six last year, compared to three fatalities the previous year.

The workshops, which comprise of a two-and-a-half hour evening session and a five hour road session, run from April to October, the months when it is considered more motorcyclists take to the roads in the warmer weather.

The workshops are aimed at all fully qualified riders who want to improve their skills to become better and safer riders.

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Chief Inspector Kris Barnard, head of the Norfolk and Suffolk Roads Policing Unit, said: 'Reducing the number of people who are killed or seriously injured on the county's roads remains a priority for us and sadly the statistics speak for themselves that each year a high percentage of those killed on our roads are motorcyclists.

'The underlying message of the workshops is that education is key, not enforcement.'

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Motorcyclists are roughly 38 times more likely to be killed in a road traffic accident than car occupants, per mile ridden

In 2013, 331 motorcyclists died and 4,866 were seriously injured in road collisions in Great Britain.

Motorcyclists killed or seriously injured (KSIs) have fallen since 2008 when 493 motorcyclists were killed and 5,556 were seriously injured on Britain's roads.

In 2015 a new policing unit, the Road Casualty Reduction Team (RCRT), was set up to help keep vulnerable road users, particularly motorcyclists, safe.

It was launched a year after the release of a hard-hitting video of the fatal collision which killed motorcyclist David Holmes on the A47 at Honingham in June 2013.

The video was watched more than 17.2 million times online in just a year and has won awards and recognition around the world, and been credited with saving lives by encouraging drivers and riders to change their behaviour on the road.

For more information about the workshops email or alternatively call 01603 638115.

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