Police chiefs raise concern at biker casualties

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Media captionThe risk of being killed or seriously injured on a motorcycle is 78% higher than in a car

Two police chief constables have voiced their concern about a significant increase in the number of motorcyclists killed and seriously injured on roads in mid and north Wales.

Fifteen bikers have died this year and 72 were seriously injured.

The North Wales and Dyfed-Powys chiefs said the increase was a "very real public safety concern" and a priority.

Rider error and too much speed, particularly on bends, are among the most common reasons.

North Wales Chief Constable Mark Polin, himself a motorcyclist, and Simon Prince of Dyfed-Powys made their statement ahead of the Bank Holiday weekend, traditionally a busy time for motorcyclists to come to Wales.

They said their approach on enforcement has not changed and they will "robustly enforce the law so that we can assist in reducing the risk to all road users".

"Motorcyclists and other motorists taking their time to visit the beautiful countryside of mid and north Wales are very welcome so long as they ride or drive safely and within the law," the police chiefs said.

"Those who choose to break the law can expect to be prosecuted."

But they also said their approach to reducing fatalities or serious injuries was not just about enforcement.

The police chiefs said they will continue to work with riders through a variety of engagement events and we will "use what opportunities we can to educate riders as to the risks associated with riding inappropriately".

Image caption Two motorcyclists died in a collision on the A5104 at Pontblyddyn near Mold in June

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