Safety plea to Sussex road users after bike crashes

Motorists and bikers are being urged to share the roads of Sussex safely after five serious crashes in the last week.

Sussex Police said many motorcyclists would be taking to the road for the first time to take advantage of the bank holiday weekend's fine weather.

Five riders suffered broken bones in crashes at Hunston, Houghton, Fittleworth, Bognor and Rodmell in collisions with other vehicles.

On Monday, about 20,000 bikers will head to Hastings for the May Day run.

So far this year, 219 people have been killed and seriously injured on the roads of Sussex, with motorcyclists accounting for nearly 18% of these, police said.

Ch Insp Phil Nicholas, from Sussex Police's road policing unit, said: "If you haven't been out for a while, or even if you have, ride carefully and stay aware.

"Similarly, other road users need to be aware of the 'Think Bike!' message - be mindful of riders and look carefully, especially before turning, exiting junctions or similar manoeuvres."

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