Warnings after six bike deaths

Bikers and drivers are warned to be careful on the roads after the sixth bike death.

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Road warnings after six deaths

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Police are urging all motorcyclists and car drivers to be extra vigilant on the roads this weekend following a sixth death involving a motorbike since the current hot spell began.

Bikers are asked not to be tempted to dress light but wear appropriate protective clothing at all time.Car drivers are urged to “Think Bike”, and be extra conscious of motorbikes and cyclists on the road.

Yesterday, two motorcyclists died in separate collisions in Hampshire.

A 24-year-old man died when his motorbike was in collision with a Skoda at Fair Oak. Another 24-year-old rider was killed when his bike was in collision with a Ford flat-bed truck at the junction Hollom Down Road near Stockbridge.

The other fatal collisions involving motorcycles over the past week took place at Rownhams, Oakhanger, New Forest, and on the A31 at Alton. There have also been two other fatal road traffic collisions during this period.

Chief Inspector Andy Bottomley, who leads the RPU in Hampshire as part of the Joint Operations Unit between Hampshire and Thames Valley Police, said:

“Tragically, over the course of the last week, six motorcyclists have lost their life on our roads. This high number is, thankfully, very unusual, and it is important to note that the cause of each of them is still subject to investigation.

“However, the one common denominator of all of these collisions is that they occurred during this current fine weather. During this past week, people have been getting out more on the roads, traffic increasing, and it is set to be a very busy weekend.

“This advice is very simple and shouldn’t need repeating, but we need to do everything we can to stop these fatal collisions happening and protect our road users.

“We will have extra patrols of roads policing officers out on the roads across the county this weekend to try and keep bikers and motorists safe. We need to stop this horrible trend of fatals and ensure everyone enjoys the weekend in the sunshine without coming to harm.”

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