21 collisions in a single day on Cumbria's roads with nine involving motorbikes, warn Cumbria Police

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Picture used for illustrative purposes

First published in News

CUMBRIA Police have reiterated road safety advice after dealing with 21 collisions in a single day - nine of them involving motorcycles.

Yesterday (Sunday June 23) saw Cumbria Police and other emergency services dealing with a high volume of road traffic collisions.

None of the collisions were fatal, however there were some who received serious injuries, said police.

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The collisions included:

• 8:11am, Bowness on Windermere. Renault Clio, male driver aged 57, collided with a Kawasaki motorbike, male driver aged 44. Minor injuries.

• 9:56am, Grange over Sands. Ford Fiesta, male driver aged 67, collided with pedal cyclist, male aged 60. Slight injuries.

• 3:15pm, Whitehaven, Range Rover, female driver aged 46, collided with Ford Fiesta driven by female aged 76. Slight injuries

• 5:36pm, Penrith, Alfa Romeo Mito female driver aged 40, collided with Triumph motorbike, male driver aged 51. Minor injuries.

Chief Inspector Matt Kennerley said: “Cumbria is one of the most picturesque and scenic areas in England and also has one of the most varied road networks.

“On a nice day there can be a large number of people travelling around the county, visiting key areas and tourist attractions, which results in more traffic on the roads. Therefore, it is important that people remain aware and alert when driving.

“The road network in Cumbria can be challenging, even for experienced drivers/riders. By reducing your speed, leaving sufficient braking distance from the driver in front and taking greater care, we can reduce the risk of a collision and help to make sure everyone reaches their destination safely.”

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4:32pm Tue 24 Jun 14

Plutach says...

Motorcyclists are some of the most regulated and tested users of our roads; only a pilot comes anywhere close in cost, time and testing. Sooner or later we will have to accept something that motorcyclists have known for years. It's the other road users that need the extra training!
Motorcyclists are some of the most regulated and tested users of our roads; only a pilot comes anywhere close in cost, time and testing. Sooner or later we will have to accept something that motorcyclists have known for years. It's the other road users that need the extra training! Plutach
  • Score: -6

5:16pm Tue 24 Jun 14

philipio says...

Is it not time that more Traffic Patrols were out and about showing their presence?
Its always those 'on the ground ' that get cut back, never or very rarely do we see the office staff being cut back; yet speeding motorists are getting more prevalent throughout the county
Is it not time that more Traffic Patrols were out and about showing their presence? Its always those 'on the ground ' that get cut back, never or very rarely do we see the office staff being cut back; yet speeding motorists are getting more prevalent throughout the county philipio
  • Score: 4

5:48am Wed 25 Jun 14

Grumpyoldbiker says...

There were similar statistics on that first weekend of BST earlier in the year. Sadly some fellow bikers died that weekend. We do not know the full circumstances of this weekends incidents, however we do know that being distracted by phones or eating and drinking at the wheel can have implications. I am pleased that if involved in an accident, the police can now, if they suspect the driver was on the phone or texting whilst driving, can seize it and have it analysed and prosecute if appropriate. Pay attention.

By the way I'm the biker in front obeying the speed limit.
There were similar statistics on that first weekend of BST earlier in the year. Sadly some fellow bikers died that weekend. We do not know the full circumstances of this weekends incidents, however we do know that being distracted by phones or eating and drinking at the wheel can have implications. I am pleased that if involved in an accident, the police can now, if they suspect the driver was on the phone or texting whilst driving, can seize it and have it analysed and prosecute if appropriate. Pay attention. By the way I'm the biker in front obeying the speed limit. Grumpyoldbiker
  • Score: 2

3:21pm Wed 25 Jun 14

gingerr says...

Plutach. The biggest cause of motorcycle related accidents in Cumbria are due to loss of control through excessive speed and inexperience. Fact. Speaking to people I know who own motorcycles many are pretty open about the fact that they buy powerful machines to go as fast as they dare on. Two years ago on the A6 a motorcyclist crashed head on into my car while trying to negotiate a left hand bend too fast. It is only a miracle that none of my family were severely injured or killed in that accident. My children are all still traumatized by the aftermath. Sadly the rider (who was also on cocaine) died in the crash. A selfish and stupid way to die. His friends at the inquest tried to make out he was a 'good' rider, though they didn't specify whether that was good -safe or good - could ride very fast. I know not all motorcyclists are reckless but there is a minority who are, and it is time that the broader motorcyclist community recognize this.
Plutach. The biggest cause of motorcycle related accidents in Cumbria are due to loss of control through excessive speed and inexperience. Fact. Speaking to people I know who own motorcycles many are pretty open about the fact that they buy powerful machines to go as fast as they dare on. Two years ago on the A6 a motorcyclist crashed head on into my car while trying to negotiate a left hand bend too fast. It is only a miracle that none of my family were severely injured or killed in that accident. My children are all still traumatized by the aftermath. Sadly the rider (who was also on cocaine) died in the crash. A selfish and stupid way to die. His friends at the inquest tried to make out he was a 'good' rider, though they didn't specify whether that was good -safe or good - could ride very fast. I know not all motorcyclists are reckless but there is a minority who are, and it is time that the broader motorcyclist community recognize this. gingerr
  • Score: 7

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