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Whether it’s on two wheels or four wheels, we’ve all got a part to play to keep the roads of Gwent safe.
As part of a national campaign by the National Police Chief’s Council, Gwent Police’s officers are taking to Gwent roads to deliver a simple message: look once, look twice, think bike.
The campaign aims to raise awareness of the dangers that exist on our roads.
According to road safety charity Brake, almost four-fifths of motorcycle collisions involve another vehicle – mainly car drivers failing to look properly for bikes.
For pedal cyclists, between 2004 and 2020 the number of fatalities rose by 5% across the UK, with a 26% increase in the number of people seriously injured.
T/ Superintendent Martyn Smith said:
“Using two wheels to get about should not mean an increase in the likelihood of being injured or worse.
“Every driver has a personal responsibility for taking care on the road and for looking out for other road users and pedestrians.
“Over the next two weeks we’ll be carrying out patrols across Gwent, ensuring that everyone is playing their part.”
As part of the campaign, Gwent Police is encouraging motorcycle owners to complete their pre-ride checks before setting out on their journeys.
T/ Superintendent Martyn Smith continued:
“Planning ahead is important, especially when getting on your bike.
“If you're planning a ride, take time to ensure your bike is road-worthy.
“Getting on your bike, whether it be a motorbike or pushbike, is supposed to be enjoyable, not lethal.”
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