Shropshire

Shropshire road safety group tries to reduce deaths

A campaign has begun to try to reduce the number of motorcyclists killed and injured in Shropshire.

The Safer Roads Partnership in West Mercia has launched "Think Bike" 2011 to try to raise awareness.

Over the past three years in Shropshire there have been 17 fatalities and 88 serious injuries following collisions involving motorcycles.

In Telford and Wrekin there were four deaths and 38 serious injuries in the same three-year period.

The figures mean 28% of road traffic collisions resulting in a death or injury in Telford and Wrekin involved a motorcycle.

In the rest of Shropshire the figure was 24%.

The campaign is targeting both motorcyclists and car drivers with the aim of increasing general awareness and offering additional training.

'More aware'

Roadside posters are being erected along key motorcycle routes throughout Shropshire and neighbouring counties, highlighting roads where both motorcyclists and drivers need to take care.

Within Shropshire the routes being targeted include the A49, A458, A442, A5 and the A53.

As part of the campaign the Safer Roads Partnership will be joining forces with West Mercia Police and Shropshire Council to organise a rider skills day at Greenhous Meadow Stadium, in Shrewsbury, on 26 June.

Vicki Bristow, spokeswoman for the Safer Roads Partnership in West Mercia, said: "This campaign is aiming to make motorcyclists and car users more aware of the risks that are present when they are out on the county's roads and to help us reduce the amount of collisions we see on the region's roads."

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