Police catch 169 bikers speeding on East Yorkshire roads
MORE than 150 motorcyclists have been caught speeding in a campaign to reduce the death toll on country roads.
Police have been using hidden speed cameras to catch motorcyclists exceeding the speed limit on the East Riding's roads over the summer.
Officers working on Operation Achilles have caught 169 bikers speeding, including one travelling at more than 120mph on a road with a 60mph limit.
Three bikers have already been killed on the county's roads this year, and 17 seriously injured.
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PC Simon Carlisle, Humberside Police's casualty reduction officer for the East Riding, said: "Motorcyclists are vulnerable and if they are travelling at excess speeds, particularly down a line of traffic, they become even more vulnerable.
"When you look at the fact motorcyclists make up about 2 per cent of all road users, this is a high number we have caught."
Officers have been using an unmarked camper van to catch those over the limit, as well as an unmarked high-powered motorcycle.
Of the bikers caught during this year's campaign, 28 have been fined and given penalty points and 46 have been sent summonses to appear in court.
A further 52 have been referred to speed awareness courses.
PC Carlisle said 43 drivers who were caught driving carelessly and speeding have been referred to the force's Ride course.
He said: "We have been carrying out a lot of enforcement work as part of Operation Achilles, using an unmarked high-performance motorcycle to gather evidence of bad riding.
"We have only been prosecuting the motorcyclists travelling at really high speeds.
"The vehicles are not there to entrap people, they are there to catch the high-end speeders.
"We have also been carrying out high-visibility patrols, particularly on our core motorcycling routes – the ones where the most serious crashes have happened.
"The best thing we can do is to educate people.
"The main issues we have with motorcyclists are speeding and rider behaviour, which is why we use the courses.
"The number of motorcyclists killed or seriously injured is lower than last year, but we still have a few months left."
Officers working on the operation, which runs every summer, have also given out 13 fines for other offences and given eight riders vehicle defect forms, which mean any defects must be repaired.
Jolyon Lawson, chair of the East Yorkshire Motorcycle Action Group, said bad riders are in the minority.
He said: "The amount of motorcyclists they have caught sounds like a lot, but I wonder how many cars have been caught in that time.
"There is no question there are a small percentage of motorcyclists who abuse the roads, but that is also true of motorists.
"Motorcyclists are very vulnerable and it can be very dangerous if you have an accident.
"We all hate to see motorcycle accidents as it does remind you of your own mortality."