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Signs to tackle speeding bikers in Leicestershire

Two signs to deter speeding bikers in Leicestershire could save more than £500,000, the county council said.

The flashing signs on the B6047 in the Harborough area detect motorcyclists travelling over the speed limit and display a "slow down" message.

The council said they could cut accidents by five a year, which would save councils, police, fire and health services £670,000 annually.

There were 36 accidents on nine miles of the road in the past three years.

The £100,000 scheme will also see new road markings and the speed limit reduced to 50 mph on the nine-mile stretch from Market Harborough to the A47 at Billesdon.

Lesley Pendleton, the county council's cabinet member for environment and transport, said: "Along the route, we've used a mix of improvements designed to help bikers and other drivers safely negotiate this bendy route.

"The flashing signs are the first of their kind in Leicestershire and I'm pleased we're embracing innovative technology to help save lives and money.

"One life lost is one too many but by driving safely and with more consideration, all motorists can reduce the risk of accidents considerably."

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