Lincolnshire

Bike fatalities make up a quarter of Lincolnshire road deaths

Around 25% of the deaths on Lincolnshire roads this year have been motorbike fatalities.

Lincolnshire Police said there were 10 motorcycle deaths out of 39 fatalities on the county’s roads so far in 2019.

Officers will be out on the roads in a dedicated effort to reduce the number of road casualties and anti-social driving amongst motorcyclists.

In line with the National Joint Roads Policing Strategy and the National Police Chief’s Council (NPCC), the force’s 2Wheels campaign runs from September 9-22.

The fatalities included motorcycle rider Richard Arbon, 23, who was involved in a collision with car near Saxilby on Thursday, June 6.

Tributes were also paid to a much-loved RAF man Sean Wall, 24, who died in a crash involving a Kawasaki motorbike and an Audi A4 on the A15 North Road in Bourne on Friday, June 21.

Nick Strickson, 56, from Swinderby died after a motorbike crash on the A57 near Ragnall in Nottinghamshire on August 26 and his family issued a tribute to him.

2Wheels campaign

Inspector Ewan Gell of the Roads Policing Unit said: “Lincolnshire attracts motorcyclists from near and far as they come to experience our rural roads, attend organised ‘bike night’ events, the racing at Cadwell Park or visit the coast, particularly during the evenings or weekends. We welcome them but want to make sure they and others around them ride safely.

“As part of the 2Wheels campaign we will have a highly visibly police presence on our roads and will be enforcing the fatal4 – drink/drug driving, mobile phone use, speeding and not wearing a seatbelt – and our officers will be out talking to motorcyclists about defensive riding, kit, and generally being safe.

“Of course, if we see anybody breaking the law we will take appropriate action.”