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Thousands of Lancashire motorists in crackdown
MORE than a third of motorists stopped in a police crackdown were given verbal warnings or tickets.
In total, 4,532 vehicles, including 1,853 motorcyclists, were stopped in the county since the police BikeWatch campaign was launched in conjunction with the Lancashire Partnership for Road Safety and RideSafe Bike-Safe at the beginning of April.
Out of those, 741 verbal warnings were issued to both drivers and riders, with 854 individuals receiving fixed penalty notices.
The operation saw covert tactics used, including the police helicopter and unmarked cars and bikes. Tickets were issued for reasons including minor indiscretions and more serious offences such as speeding, use of mobile phones, roadworthiness issues and careless and dangerous driving or riding.
Chief Inspector Debbie Howard said: “Last year nine motorcyclists were killed and 526 injured in Lancashire and we are determined to work together with riders, drivers and partner agencies so that we reduce this figure year on year.
“For this reason, anyone seen committing offences that are particularly careless, inconsiderate or dangerous have been and will continue to be dealt with robustly.
“We will continue to do this to reinforce road safety messages and identify drivers and riders taking unnecessary risks to both themselves and other road users.
"Motorcyclists can be particularly vulnerable and therefore the messages for bikers are clear — ride safe by wearing the appropriate gear, ensure that both your vehicle and riding meet the legally required standard and always be aware when travelling.”