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Riders urged to wear appropriate protection on the road

The Bikesafe campaign is urging motorcyclists to consider their own safety.
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Tuesday, 06, Aug 2013 11:10

by Daniel Mackrell

Dorset police have urged motorcyclists to wear the correct protection when out on the road, despite the warm weather, or risk serious injury.

The warning has been issued after the recent hot weather has seen some riders venture onto the roads in shorts and T-shirts.

Low-protection clothing can lead to very bad accidents, and the Bikesafe campaign is urging motorcyclists to consider their own safety.

PC Chris Smith, Dorset police Bikesafe co-ordinator, said: "I cannot stress enough that you should always wear protective clothing - even if you are travelling at low speeds and short distances."

Traffic officers take motorcycle safety very seriously in Dorset, and regularly patrol the area to make sure motorcycle riders are not travelling dangerously.

Local police stopped a biker in June who overtaking a police officer, doing a wheelie at 84mph in a 40mph zone.

Officers explained that such careless and dangerous riding can lead to your bike being seized.

PC Smith takes part in the a weekly Dream Machines bike night, which is held at Poole Quay and provides an opportunity for bikers to exchange tips and advice on how to stay safe.

"The majority of bikers we see are safe and considerate to other road users but I would remind all motorcyclists that we do have officers on patrol and we will take action against those who ruin it for the rest of us by riding in an unsafe or dangerous manner." added PC Smith.

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