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NCJ Number: 52032 Find in a Library
Title: SAFETY ON TWO WHEELS
Journal: POLICE REVIEW  Volume:85  Dated:(OCTOBER 1978)  Pages:1514-1520
Author(s): M BAUMBER
Corporate Author: Police Review Publishing Co
Publications Coordinator
United Kingdom
Date Published: 1978
Page Count: 6
Sponsoring Agency: Police Review Publishing Co
London, WC1V 7HU, England
Type: Program/Project Description
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United Kingdom
Annotation: THE MOTORCYCLE SAFETY PROGRAMS OF THE LINCOLNSHIRE AND THE CHESHIRE, ENGLAND, POLICE DEPARTMENTS ARE DESCRIBED AND BRITISH TRAFFIC STATISTICS ON MOTORCYCLE DEATHS ARE GIVEN. BOTH PROGRAMS ARE SUCCESSFUL.
Abstract: THE LINCOLNSHIRE POLICE STARTED A COMPREHENSIVE BIKE SAFETY PROGRAM BECAUSE BETWEEN 1974 AND 1977 THE NUMBER OF TWO WHEEL RIDER AND PILLION PASSENGER INJURIES IN LINCOLNSHIRE JUMPED FROM 599 TO 928 A YEAR WHILE FATALITIES INCREASED FROM 16 TO 22. PRELIMINARY FIGURES FOR 1978, COLLECTED AFTER THE START OF THE PROGRAM, RESEMBLE 1974 LEVELS. THE PROGRAM COMBINES SAFETY CHECKS, TRAFFIC SAFTEY AND MOTOR BIKE RIDING COURSE TAUGHT BY POLICE OFFICERS, PUBLICITY, AND STRICT LAW ENFORCEMENT. THE PROGRAM HAD ITS 'KICK-OFF' AT THE MOTOR CYCLES NATIONAL 'SUPERBIKE' COMPETITION AND A NUMBER OF CHAMPIONS LENT SUPPORT TO THE CAUSE. THE CHESHIRE PROGRAM RECRUITED YOUNG CYCLISTS AND TRAINED THEM TO TEACH OTHER YOUNG RIDERS HOW TO HANDLE THEIR MOTOR BIKES. THE PEER GROUP APPROACH IS USED BECAUSE IT IS FELT THAT YOUNG PERSONS WHO 'LIVE AND BREATH OIL FUMES' CARRY MORE CREDIBILITY WITH OTHER ADOLESCENTS THAN POLICE OFFICERS. THE DEPARTMENT HANDLES RECORDKEEPING FOR THE COURSE AND POLICE ARE IN THE BACKGROUND. A LINCOLSHIRE SURVEY FOUND THAT 47 PERCENT OF CYCLISTS IN ACCIDENTS ARE UNDER 20 YEARS OF AGE AND 57 PERCENT HAVE BEEN RIDING LESS THAN 1 YEAR. BRITISH TRAFFIC DATA SHOW THAT FOR EVERY 10,000 CARS ON THE ROAD, 35 DRIVERS DIE, BUT FOR EVERY 10,000 MOTORCYCLES, 160 RIDERS DIE. THE FIGURES FOR MOPEDS AND SCOOTERS ARE 140 AND 74 RIDERS, RESPECTIVELY. (GLR)
Index Term(s): Driver training; England; Highway safety; Motor scooters; Motorcycle safety; Motorcycles; Programs; Traffic accidents; Vehicle safety inspection
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