Published Friday, 25 May 2012
On Friday, Bikesafe coordinator Constable Bill Holden said although fewer people have died on Northern Ireland's roads this year than in 2011, the numbers must come further down.
"The good weather is bringing a noticeable amount more motorcyclists out onto the roads. We want to appeal to those motorcyclists to slow down, give themselves more time.
"Anyone tempted to break the rules of the road can at best, expect the full rigour of the law. At worst, because of their own stupidity, they risk becoming another statistic," he added.
On Wednesday, a motorcyclist died in Newtownabbey after a collision with a tractor, and Constable Holden said motorists must be aware of agricultural vehicles on the roads.
"Farmers are also out on the roads at this time of year. You could drive or ride round a corner and there could be a tractor and trailer sitting across the road. Drivers and riders must be able to stop in the distance they can see to be clear ahead," said Constable Holden.
He explained that marked PSNI bikes do have an effect on drivers in the areas in which they are used, but the unmarked motorbikes will also be used to record bad driving.
"That's recorded onto a hard drive on the motorcycle and when we take it back to the station that can be downloaded. If we deem there's enough evidence for a prosecution then the owner or rider will be notified by post."
Police say they will also be on the lookout for drivers who do not look out for bikes when overtaking, at junctions, when turning right and when emerging onto main roads.
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