Plea from police to watch out for bikers in Calderdale this Easter weekend

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Drivers in Calderdale are being urged to pay particular attention to motorcyclists on the roads this Easter weekend.

The number of motorbikes typically increases during the Bank Holiday weekend and officers want to reduce the risks of a serious or even fatal crash.

Acting Sergeant Noel Lowdon of the Major Collision Enquiry Team, said: “One of the hardest jobs a police officer has to do is to tell loved ones their son or daughter or husband or wife has died in a crash.

“It is something you never get used to - and it’s even more difficult when the incident was easily preventable.

“All we are asking is for motorists to pay extra attention on the roads and to keep a particular eye out for motorbikes.

“This is advice we would always give, whatever the time of year, but there will be an increase in traffic over the Bank Holiday and so motorists should pay extra attention.”

Officers are also encouraging motorcyclists to make sure they familiarise with their bikes and the roads before they head out.

“Some motorcyclists only take their bikes out a few times a year and one of those times tends to be over the Easter holiday so it is best for riders to get used to their bikes again before heading out,” said Act Sgt Lowdon.

“As always we would ask that riders ride safely, responsibly and with regard for others.

“We want riders to enjoy their vehicles.

“We will be holding BikeSafe days throughout the summer. Please visit www.bikesafe.co.uk for further information.”

Officers from the roads policing units will be increasing patrols during the weekend as the volume of traffic on the roads increases.