Operation Darwen

Over the Summer, officers from the Roads Policing Unit, the Armed Alliance Unit, the Special Constabulary Road Safety Unit and Go Safe will be engaging with riders at popular meeting spots for enthusiasts as well as on certain routes as part of Operation Darwen.

Officers will also be checking that bikes are roadworthy, paying particular attention to tyres. Worn or under inflated tyres on motorcycles have been one of the most common themes during collisions, and yet is easily prevented by riders doing basic checks.

Motorcyclists are among the most vulnerable groups of road users, and are at a higher risk of injury and collision than other road users.

Although a motorcyclist may not be at fault, their vulnerability invariable means that they suffer more serious injuries in a collision.

In North Wales in 2021 there were 72 motorcyclists killed or seriously injured, a 2.85 per cent increase from the previous year. Motorcyclist are highly represented in road casulaties and on average represent 25 per cent of all killed or seriously injured road casualties in North Wales over the last three years.

Superintendent Simon Barrasford of North Wales Police said, “Reducing casualties on our roads remains one of our top priorities.

“We look at all motorists as part of the Op Darwen campaign, however during the spring and summer months, increased focus is given to motorcycle safety as larger numbers of motorcyclists take their bikes out to take advantage of the good weather and fantastic scenery we have here in North Wales.

“As such, motorists are being urged to be extra vigilant for motorcycles during their journeys and ensure they give sufficient room when following bikers.

“Similarly, drivers are reminded to continually check for motorcycles when moving off, or when emerging from junctions.

“Riders also have an important role to play in ensuring their own safety by travelling at an appropriate speed for the road, weather and traffic conditions, wearing high-visibility clothing and always wearing a helmet and other appropriate attire.

“We want people to enjoy travelling on some great roads here in North Wales but not at the expense of other road users. We want everybody to ride and drive safely and responsibly. We will continue to target, with a view to prosecution, all those that ride or drive dangerously, at excess speed, overtake on solid white lines or commit any other road traffic offences.

“Sadly, our officers, as well as partners from other emergency services, see far too many tragedies, many preventable on the roads.

“Staying safe on the road applies to every single one of us, whether we have two or four wheels on our vehicle.

“I would urge riders and drivers to think about their behaviour and what changes they could make to improve their own safety and that of other road users.

“Op Darwen is not about spoiling people’s fun but encourages all road users to be safe and competent with the aim of reducing the number of collisions on our roads.”


Monday, 13 June 2022