Covert tactics used for safety bid

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POLICE have stopped hundreds of vehicles as part of a road safety campaign.

BikeWatch was launched in April by Lancashire Police following the death of nine motorcyclists in the county.

In total 4,532 vehicles, including 1,853 motorcyclists, have been stopped throughout Lancashire.

Officers have given out 741 verbal warnings and 854 people received fixed penalty notices.

The operation also saw the use of covert tactics including the police helicopter and unmarked cars and bikes.

Chief Insp Debbie Howard, from Lancashire Police’s road policing unit, said: “Last year nine motorcyclists were killed and 526 injured in Lancashire and we are determined to work together with riders, drivers and partner agencies so that we reduce this figure year on year.

“For this reason, anyone seen committing offences which are careless, inconsiderate or dangerous have been and will continue to be dealt with robustly.

“We will continue to identify drivers and riders taking unnecessary risks to themselves and other road users.”

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