Bikers targeted in joint campaign to improve road safety
POLICE and council officers have kick-started a high profile campaign targeting reckless riders.
Operation Octane 2012, which was launched over the weekend, will be aimed at motorcyclists who ride irresponsibly on Staffordshire roads.
The campaign will involve using cars, bikes, speed camera vehicles and the air operations unit to monitor rider behaviour across the county.
The aim of Operation Octane is to reduce the number of bikers who are killed or seriously injured (KSI) in the county.
The latest figures show that motorcyclists account for around 21 per cent of KSIs in Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent despite the fact that they only represent one per cent of all road traffic.
Seven bikers were killed in 2011 with a further 44 being seriously injured and 283 sustaining minor injuries.
Chief Inspector Steve Smytheman, said: "Making roads safer is a top priority for public service partners across Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent.
"We're determined to reduce the number of motorcyclists who are killed or seriously injured, using both enforcement and education. Through initiatives such as BikeSafe we're working with bikers on the roadside to discuss safety issues."