POLICE have launched a bike safety campaign after figures revealed motorbike crashes rocketed by more than a third last year.
There were 342 collisions in which a motorcyclist was killed or seriously injured on roads in The News area – 95 more than the previous year and a rise of 38.5 per cent.
In the first two months this year there were 36 serious collisions involving motorcycles and as the weather improves Hampshire’s roads policing unit fear there will be more.
Officers are upping patrols on high-risk roads in the region including the A32 near Fareham and the A272 near Meon Hut.
They are also offering road safety advice and targeting those taking unnecessary risks as part of Motorcycle Casualty Reduction Month.
And daily riding advice will be posted on Facebook and Twitter.
Inspector Martin Goodall said: ‘We understand that collisions aren’t always caused by bikers but the sad fact is that there have been too many collisions involving bikers which were entirely preventable.
‘The aim of the campaign is to encourage motorcyclists to know their limits, not to take unnecessary risks and to be safe by being seen.’
The campaign is backed by Hampshire County Council.