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Harrogate launches lorry sticker campaign to warn off cyclists

The Harrogate District Community Safety Partnership has launched an awareness campaign to stop cyclists from being seriously injured by lorries and other large vehicles.

The ‘stay back - don't undertake’ campaign is being launched with the Road Safety Group and aims to highlight the dangers of cyclists undertaking lorries on the road.

While motorists have a duty of care to use their mirrors before turning across a cyclist's path, a growing number of cyclists are being injured by left turning heavy good’s vehicles which have not seen them in their mirrors.

The multi-agency Road Safety group has produced warning stickers which can be fixed to the backs of lorries and trucks warning cyclists to ‘STAY BACK – DON’T UNDERTAKE’ The stickers, which have been attached to the council’s refuse vehicles, have also been sent out to a range of local haulage firms asking them to support the campaign by attaching them to their own fleet of vehicles.

Councillor Margaret Atkinson, Harrogate Borough Council’s Cabinet Member for Safer Communities said: “With the increase in the numbers of bikes on the district’s roads, it is important to remind cyclists of the dangers they face if they undertake large vehicles. These stickers serve as a visible warning to stay back from the vehicle in front, hopefully giving the cyclist a safer ride.”

Young drivers' scheme on the road in Co Durham

An award-winning scheme aimed at young drivers is hitting the road and parking up at a new location.

Since it began in 2001 ‘WiseDrive – Drive for Life’ has seen more than 12,000 students visit police headquarters, Aykley Heads to learn about a range of road safety issues.

And they expect over 2,000 students to pass through their doors over the next three weeks.

This year the scheme is based away from Aykley Heads for the first time, a move prompted by the closure of the old police HQ.

Aimed at year 11 students the full day multi-agency event aims to positively influence attitudes and behaviour amongst young road users with particular emphasis on the ‘Fatal Four’-the most common causes of death and serious injury in road traffic collisions: drink and drugs, seatbelts, speed, and distractions such as mobile phones.

It’s a sad fact that one in every five newly qualified drivers will crash within a year of passing their test, but we know that most collisions are avoidable.

By getting them to attend WiseDrive we hope to equip this next generation of drivers with the skills and confidence to respond to road risks in a positive way, reducing the number of collisions on our roads.

– Ros Pluck, Traffic Management and Casualty Reduction Manager for the Cleveland and Durham Specialist Operations Unit

Road collisions are officially the biggest single cause of death for young people aged 16-24 in the UK and the crash risk for young drivers is much higher when carrying passengers, due to peer pressure and the chance of the driver being distracted.

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.

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