Motorbike tragedy comes amid road safety campaign

The death of a woman pillion passenger in a crash at Sinnington, near Pickering on Sunday afternoon, comes just three weeks after a new motorbike road safety campaign was launched in North Yorkshire.

Road safety officials say in 2013 there was a 30 per cent increase in motorcycling on North Yorkshire's roads - but there was a 200 per cent increase in bikers killed in crashes. In 2012 there were 5 deaths and 97 serious injuries. In 2013 biker deaths rose to 15 with 96 seriously injured.

The A170 Thirsk to Scarborough road where Sunday's fatal crash happened, is regarded as one of the highest risk roads. Police say the county's other high risk main roads are: A171 Roxby High Moor to Scarborough; A59 Skipton to Harrogate; A64 Tadcaster to Scarborough and A65 Ingleton to Skipton