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‘Didn’t See’ radio campaign has been launched by THINK!

£0 a day infographic.A THINK! radio campaign has been launched to encourage drivers to take longer to look for motorcyclists after figures revealed that 30 bikers are killed or injured every day at junctions, Road Safety Minister Robert Goodwill has announced.

Launched on the 21 July 2014, the ‘Didn’t See’ campaign will run for 4 weeks on national radio with the aim of reducing the number of motorcyclist and driver collisions on our roads.

Research for THINK! has shown that drivers believe the majority of motorcycle accidents happen because of bikers breaking the speed limit – but statistics actually show around half of motorcyclist accidents, where the rider is killed or seriously hurt, occur at junctions, with drivers failing to look properly being the most common cause.


Robert Goodwill from the Department for Transport said:

“Every day more than 30 motorcycle riders die or are injured in accidents at road junctions. Often, though not always, this is because a driver has pulled out in front of a rider.
More than 2 people lose their lives every week in this way and this is something we are determined to change – if all drivers and riders took a bit more care at junctions we could bring this figure down significantly.
Motorcyclists make up just 1% of traffic on the roads but 19% of all fatalities. They are 55 times more likely than car drivers to be killed or seriously hurt in an accident.”

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Motorcyclist Priscila Currie is supporting the campaign after an accident in central London changed her life.

She said:

My accident happened because a car pulled out in front of me. I wasn’t riding fast, only at 30 mph, but the accident had a profound impact on my life – physically and mentally.

I was hospitalised for 12 days with severe fractures and underwent 18 months of physiotherapy. It took more than 3 years for me to find the confidence to get back on a bike and I now live with pain every day, which has affected my mobility.

People make mistakes but drivers should remember that mistakes can cost lives. Behind the motorcycle helmet is a person. We have families, friends, careers and a life, just like other road users, so I would urge drivers to please take longer, especially at junctions, to look out for motorcyclists.

THINK! will also be launching a new campaign this summer encouraging motorcyclists to undertake further training and to ride defensively to help improve their safety on the roads.


Chief Constable Launches 20th Anniversary BikeWise Event

MB3cChief Constable Launches 20th Anniversary BikeWise Event
Chief Constable, Mike Barton helped stunt rider Dave Coates test out his quad bike ahead of this Sunday’s BikeWise event.
This is the 20th anniversary of the popular fun day which hosts a range of motorbike related displays and other attractions at Police Headquarters, Aykley Heads in Durham.
Chief Constable, Mike Barton said: “This is a great family event, there is something for everyone to enjoy! I am proud to be hosting the 20th anniversary of BikeWise which will also be the last major event to be held at Aykley Heads before we move over the road to the new headquarters building at the end of the summer.”
The attractions this year include:
- Breathtaking stunt demonstrations from Dave Coates Stunt Show and Paul Swift from ‘Precision Driving’. There will be displays from the police dog section, the police helicopter will be dropping in and there will be a range of fabulous stunt teams and individual riders showing off their fantastic skills!
- TT Legend, John McGuinness, just back from winning his 21st TT at the Isle of Man will also be at the event – come along and meet him.
- There will be musical entertainment from local band Kimera and Scotland’s leading tribal band ‘Clann An Drumma’.
On a serious note the bike cops will be promoting road safety and there will be a focus on cycle safety which will be headed up by the 3SIXTY Stunt Bike Team.
Entry to the site is from 10am and costs £2 for adults with under-16s allowed in free of charge. Once costs have been met all proceeds are distributed to local good causes.
There will be clear directions and officers on duty will steer visitors to the appropriate parking sites.
More information can be found at

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Kieran’s Prom Night

Teenager taken across city under police escort from Crime and Justice on Vimeo.

KMTeenager Kieran Maxwell tonight had an unusual escort to his school prom.
A proud school teacher had written to Durham Police and Crime Commissioner Ron Hogg asking for help in escorting a remarkable young man to his prom.
Kieran Maxwell from Heighington is a far from ordinary 15 year old boy who has attended Hummersknott Academy during the last five years.
Kieran unfortunately fell ill at the age of 12 when he was diagnosed with Ewing’s Sarcoma, a rare form of cancer. Kieran has subsequently undergone 3 – 4 years of intense treatment and an amputation due to the tumours that he has suffered that were untreatable.
Kieran has battled every day of the past 3 years and yet he has never given into his illness. He has faced every challenge with a huge smile. Even when Kieran lost his leg he turned the entire situation around to be beneficial and this has enhanced the quality of his life. Kieran is now pursuing the Paralympics with his gymnastics and is now running aided by his prosthetic leg enabling him to follow his dreams and aspirations for the future.
The one dream that Kieran had was to join the Police and on  Friday 11th July 2014, his school prom was held at Hardwick Hall in Sedgefield, one of the hi-lights of the night is how the young people arrive. A number of off duty police officers had volunteered their services to escort Kieran to the prom. (Kieran was unaware)
Ron Hogg said, “I was genuinely moved when Kieran’s teacher wrote to me. I offered my full support and am extremely proud of the officers who have volunteered their services to fulfil Kieran’s dream.

Picture above shows Pcs Iain Nelson & Alison Bonar presenting Kieran with a cheque for £500 from BikeWise for his charity before escorting him to the Prom night.

Picture below shows Keiran at Hardwick Park with his car….

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