Hampshire Police issue warning after six bikers killed in collisions

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TRAFFIC police are warning people to be extra vigilant on the roads after the sixth fatal road collision involving a motorcycle since the current hot spell began.

With hot weather expected to continue for the next few days, bikers are being urged not to dress lightly and make sure they wear protective clothing.

Drivers are also being asked to remain vigilant, looking out for motorbikes and cyclists on the road during busy periods.

It comes after two motorcyclists died yesterday in separate collisions in the county.

Chief Inspector Andy Bottomley leads the Roads Policing Unit in Hampshire.

He said: ‘This high number is thankfully very unusual, and it is important to note the cause of each of them is still subject to investigation. However, the common denominator of these collisions is that they occurred during this fine weather.

‘We will have extra patrols of roads policing officers out on the roads across the county this weekend to try and keep bikers and motorists safe.

‘We need to stop this horrible trend of fatalities and ensure everyone enjoys the weekend in the sunshine without coming to harm.’

A 24-year-old man died when his bike collided with a car at Fair Oak, and another 24-year-old rider was killed when he collided with a truck near Stockbridge.

The other fatal collisions involving motorcycles over the past week happened at Rownhams, Oakhanger, New Forest, and on the A31 at Alton.