Bid to reduce the number of motorcycle accidents in Hampshire

Police are trying to reduce the number of accidents involving motorbikes

Police are trying to reduce the number of accidents involving motorbikes

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ACTION is being taken to reduce the number of young people who are involved in motorbike accidents.

Both Hampshire police and Portsmouth City Council say they are focusing on making the roads safer for motorcyclists.

It comes as The News can reveal that half of all motorcycle and moped accidents across the area involve people under 25.

A Freedom of Information request to Hampshire Constabulary reveals that 194 out of 393 accidents in the two years from November 2012 have involved people between 16 and 25.

To reduce motorcycle accidents, Portsmouth City Council is giving motorcyclists advanced courses at reduced rates. Courses normally cost £139 per person but a limited number of places are available for £60.

Road safety officers will also be visiting colleges with a simulator to help moped and scooter riders gain more experience of specific situations which can lead to accidents.

City council transport boss, Cllr Ken Ellcome, said: ‘As a former police motorcyclist I acknowledge that riders of two-wheeled motor vehicles are a particularly vulnerable group.

‘It is often reported that younger drivers are involved in more accidents and while inexperienced drivers should take extra care, everyone should do all they can to preserve their own safety as well as the safety of other road users.

‘As a council we try to work with all road users to both increase their own safety and raise their awareness of those around them.

‘People need to take care and be considerate on the roads whether using a car, motorbike, moped, bicycle or walking.’

Statistics show that the 26-to-35-year-old age group was involved in 62 accidents across south Hampshire – the second highest amount.

The over-66 age group had the lowest figure with only six crashes.

Ukip city councillor for Paulsgrove in Portsmouth Stuart Potter said: ‘Most of it is down to lack of experience on the roads.

‘Young people have to build that experience as they are not used to other drivers coming up to junctions and they are not slowing down for junctions because they’re looking for that gap to keep going.

‘And then you have your accident.’

Hampshire Constabulary said it aims to improve road safety for motorcyclists and moped riders by improving the road layout and tackling speeding motorists.

It said it also ensured motorbike and moped users are educated on road safety.

Sergeant Rob Heard, Hampshire’s road safety officer, said: ‘We are committed to reducing the number of people killed and injured on our roads and are always looking at new ways to encourage all to drive and ride safely and look out for each other.’