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Durham Police tackle fatal motorbike accidents

Durham Police have launched a safety campaign to reduce the number of fatal motorbike accidents.

With the help of Durham County Council, they are now providing twelve 'Think Bike!' signs to be installed in various locations across County Durham.

The campaign was supported and launched by Christine Hamilton, whose husband Neil died when struck by a car on his bike in April 2013.

To read more of her story, click here.

Joshua Shrimpton Dean reports.

Widow of motorcyclist had 'no time to say goodbye'

Christine Hamilton is launching a new road safety campaign in memory of her husband, who died when struck by a car in April 2013. Her husband, Neil Hamilton, was an active member of Cleveland RoSPA (Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents) and had completed its national diploma in ‘Advanced Riding Instruction’:

Neil was passionate about passing on his skills to others to reduce casualties on our roads. But he died instantly, with no time to say thank you for the years we spent together and no time to say goodbye.

I asked for these signs to be erected to remind drivers and riders that we need to look out for each other. Follow the rules of the road and pay special attention to those who are less likely to survive a collision.

Every day 30 bikers are killed or seriously injured in collisions at road junctions in the UK. And last year another 330 motorcyclists joined my husband in dying on our roads, with a further 4,800 seriously injured.

I hope this initiative will remind people to take extra care and prevent a tragedy like this happening to another family.

– Christine Hamilton


Sunderland widow launches road safety campaign

The widow of an experienced motorcyclist, who died when a driver crashed into his bike, is helping to launch a new safety measure which will prevent similar tragedies.

Christine Hamilton will return to the road where her husband lost his life to see the first of many new signs that aim to promote safer driving.

Christine lost her husband Neil in April 2013 when he was struck on his bike by a driver

Neil Hamilton, a father of two from South Hylton in Sunderland was out on his bike in April 2013 when he was struck by a vehicle on the B6301 between Tow Law and Cornsay Colliery.

The 60-year-old was a supply teacher in the North East and an active member of Cleveland RoSPA (Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents).

In April 2014 the driver of the car, 51-year-old Anthony Shelton, was jailed for 16 months after admitting causing death by dangerous driving.

Neil had completed a national diploma in ‘Advanced Riding Instruction’

Durham County Council are now providing twelve 'Think Bike!' signs to be installed in various locations across County Durham. Two of these will be at different points along the stretch of road where Neil lost his life, which Christine will be visiting to launch the campaign.

Family petition calls for safety measures

John Averill died while returning from shops Credit: ITV News

Family and friends of a man knocked down and killed on his way home from the shops are calling for traffic calming measures on the road where it happened.

John Averill,was killed on Blaydon Bank, in Gateshead, in November.

Now his family has launched an online petition calling for speed restrictions.

They say it's only a matter of time before this happens to somebody else.


Family backs road safety campaign after losing daughter

The family of a teenage girl, who died after being hit by a taxi on a night out, are supporting a campaign to make young pedestrians more aware of dangers on the road. Peter and Allison's daughter Kirsty died in Redcar last year.

The 'Check Before You Step Out' campaign aims to make 16 to 24 year olds pay greater attention to factors like alcohol and dark nights which can make their journeys more hazardous.

Family call for more protection for cyclists

The family of a Northumberland cyclist, killed as she rode to work, say the legal system is failing to protect vulnerable road users. Eilidh Cairns was hit by a lorry in London in 2009.

Now the same driver is starting a four year prison sentence after knocking down a pedestrian. Eilidh's sister says attitudes must change to prevent similar deaths.

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