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Welsh Motorcycle Fatalities at Record Levels

By Motorcycle.Com Staff, Nov. 11, 2003
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Police respond to rising fatalities (11 Nov 2003)

Welsh police are reacting to the highest number of motorcycle fatalities ever recorded on their roads, and posting the finger at a lack of rider skill training.

Since January 18 motorcyclists have died on Welsh roads, mainly on unrestricted country roads. The number of fatalities has risen from 10 in 2001, and just seven last year.

North Wales police Chief Superintendant Geraint Anwyl said that in nine out of ten cases it was the riders who were responsible for their own deaths. The majority are at risk on sunny Sunday afternoons, and on left-hand bends. (Remember, they are on the "wrong" side of the road- PR)

"Many are born again bikers with insufficient skills whove got more cash and bought themselves powerful motorcycles, " said Anwyl. "They havent got the skills to get themselves out of trouble. Id advise anyone considering going back to biking to sign up for some training. "

This year is also the first year for North Wales polices Zero Tolerance policy towards speeding bikers.

In June 2003, local MP Mark Tami called for warning signs to be put up for bikers after many roads became known as accident black spots. At the same time, Deputy Chief Constable for North Wales, Bill Brereton advocated a caution plus scheme which allowed speeders to avoid points by signing up for a BikeSafe training programme.

I guess it's another example of "Exactly the same, only different."

Of course, none of this applies to MOrons, as the crowd that haunts this site are well-educated, highly experienced motorcyclists that can tolerate testosterone in elevated doses.

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