Police warn drivers to look out for riders during heatwave

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POLICE are asking drivers to be extra vigilant in the wake of six fatal motorcycle collisions and one serious crash in the past two weeks.

The seven collisions are still under investigation by the force’s roads policing unit, but officers are asking people to take extra care while out and about to avoid further incidents.

Sgt Gabe Snuggs of Hampshire Constabulary’s roads policing unit and BikeSafe co-ordinator said: ‘It’s important drivers and riders alike sit up and take notice of what’s going on around them so we can avoid any further tragedies.’

With an influx of bikers expected to pass through Hampshire for round six of British Superbikes at Brand Hatch in Kent this weekend, drivers are reminded to take time to check for bikes.

‘A common issue is cars pulling out in front of bikers because the drivers simply don’t see them,’ said Sgt Snuggs.

‘Take that extra time to check and double-check before pulling out from a junction or changing lanes on motorways.

‘You’ll potentially be saving a life and saving yourself a lot of trauma and heartache.

Officers are also warning motorcyclists to wear protective gear despite the heat.

‘We’ve seen a lot of bikers out in this weather in shorts and T-shirts,’ said Sgt Snuggs.

‘Although there’s no law against it, it’s a horrible idea.

‘If you come of your bike in anything but protective clothing you’re going to lose a lot of skin at best and the worst doesn’t bear thinking about.

‘We’ve been stopping riders dressed inappropriately and advising them on the right kit. We’re not trying to ruin your fun or hassle you, we’ve just seen the consequences of poor kit choices far too often and it’s something we don’t want another rider to go through.’

There are still places available at the September and October BikeSafe workshops. The £50 one-day session gives riders the opportunity to discuss the main risks on the road and take part in an observed ride with a police motorcyclist. For information call 08444 151206.