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Covert patrols to improve road safety

Covert patrols to improve road safety

Published at 4:09pm 16th July 2015. (Updated at 4:25pm 16th July 2015)

A major road safety campaign has been launched to cut the number of people killed or seriously injured on North Yorkshire's roads.

Operation AEGIS will aim to prevent collisions through a mixture of education and enforcement.

Police will carry out high-visibility patrols, unmarked patrols and covert patrols, as well as using an unmarked motorbike equipped with speed detection and video recording equipment, safety camera vans and the National Police Air Service helicopter.

Deputy Chief Constable Tim Madgwick said: "North Yorkshire has more than 6,000 miles of roads, much of them remote, rural and picturesque. The area attracts tourists, cyclists and motorcyclists and we are appealing to them to ensure that they drive and ride safely. We all have a responsibility to ride and drive according to the speed limits, road conditions, weather and traffic situations.

"Our statistics show us that unfortunately there is still an over-representation of bikers amongst these incidents. We know that 70% of motorcycle collisions are down to rider error; such as taking the wrong line through bends or inappropriate overtaking.

"Working with the 95 Alive Road Safety Partnership, there are a number of biker education schemes available such as the BikeSafe scheme - and we encourage riders to read the advice and enrol in training to ensure their riding skills match their bike's capabilities.

"I am committed to ensuring that we do everything we can to reduce these numbers. We are here to share the message about road safety and to say to those who choose to ignore the facts and take risks on our roads - we will be using all of our enforcement capabilities to enable us to keep responsible road users safe."

More information about Operation AEGIS at www.northyorkshire.police.uk/AEGIS