Funding boost to improve road safety

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MOTORCYCLISTS are more vulnerable to injury than motorists if an accident happens on the roads.

So, with this is mind, Hampshire County Council has awarded grant funding to an organisation that encourages greater road safety among bikers.

The county council leader Ken Thornber approved a grant of £1,500 to Solent Advanced Motorcycles to help equip riders with improved road skills.

Government figures show that more than 5,500 motorcycle riders were killed or seriously injured in the UK in 2009.

And motorcyclists are 50 times more likely to be killed or seriously injured in serious or fatal crashes than car drivers.

Cllr Thornber said: ‘Hampshire’s rural roads are popular with motorcyclists and Solent Advanced Motorcycles has a key role to play in supporting efforts to encourage road safety among motorcyclists and wider road users. By supporting this organisation, we can help to reduce road casualties.’

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