Partly Cloudy

Partly Cloudy

max temp: 20°C

min temp: 13°C

Search

The pigs have arrived. See the latest

Pigs Gone Wild

news here.

Suffolk: Widow Sarah Moss backs new road-safety campaign for motorcyclists as fatal collisions treble

13:00 29 April 2014

Sarah Moss, who lost her husband and the father of her two children in a road accident last month, has added her support to the campaign.

Sarah Moss, who lost her husband and the father of her two children in a road accident last month, has added her support to the campaign.

The widow of a motorcyclist who died in a crash has backed a new road-safety campaign after it emerged the number of fatal motorbike collisions in Suffolk has almost trebled in a year.

Two-day police workshops for motorcyclists designed to improve driving and awareness skills were rolled out across the county this month running until September.

The initiative comes as new research found there were a total of 11 fatal collisions involving motorcyclists in the county from April 2013 to March 2014. There were also 56 serious injuries.

In the previous year, there were four fatal collisions and 73 serious injuries involving motorcyclists.

Sarah Moss, who lost her husband and the father of her two children in a road accident last month, has added her support to the campaign.

Pettistree master baker Neil Moss died when his black Ducati was involved in a collision near Snape just days after his 50th birthday.

“It was just so unexpected. The hardest thing was not being able to say goodbye,” Mrs Moss said.

“Neil was always very safety conscious, he had all the right gear and would avoid going out if the weather was bad, but far too often you still see bikers out in just a T-shirt.

“We don’t know who was at fault, or if there was anyone at fault, in Neil’s case, but anything that can highlight awareness of bikers is something I would support.

“All it takes is for people to take a little more time to acknowledge other road users.”

The Safe Rider scheme, organised by Suffolk and Norfolk Constabularies, is being held at Suffolk police’s headquarters in Martlesham on May 23/24, June 13/14, July 18/19, August 22/23 and September 26/27.

The workshops cost £50 per person and are supported by Suffolk County Council’s Suffolk Roadsafe scheme and funding from the Copdock Classic Motorcycle Club.

Suffolk’s Police and Crime Commissioner Tim Passmore urged motorcyclists to sign up, saying: “Whether you cycle as a hobby or as a commuter it is important to know how to keep safe on our roads so I would encourage every cyclist to think about refreshing their skills by taking note of these simple safety tips or by signing up.”

Assistant Chief Constable Gareth Wilson, of Suffolk Constabulary, added: “We would like everyone to enjoy the use of the county’s roads and if cyclists, motorcyclists and motorists all drive and ride carefully, and look out for each other, then everyone can arrive at their destination safely.”

For more on safer cycling, click here

2 comments

  • How very sad, my thoughts are with your family. R.I P

    Report this comment

    catswhiskers

    Tuesday, April 29, 2014

  • What's needed is a comprehensive training and awareness program for drivers to actually LOOK for motorcyclists. Stop always putting the blame onto bikers.

    Report this comment

    Sudders

    Tuesday, April 29, 2014

The views expressed in the above comments do not necessarily reflect the views of this site

St Helen's Primary School - demand for places is high

Plans to launch a free school in Ipswich have been unveiled in a bid to meet an increasing demand for primary school places.

Ipswich Crown Court.

Police have praised the “immense courage” of a child sex victim after her abuser was jailed for 17 years for a catalogue of offences.

The Orwell Walk, Run and Cycle. 
Check point at Nacton Shore

Organisers of this year’s Orwell Walk were hailing the determination of participants after nearly 1,000 people took part despite torrential rain at the start of the event.

Suffolk Rape Crisis is a small charity in Ipswich that supports female victims of sexual violence. 
It is facing a major financial shortage and may have to stop its services unless it can get some extra funding. 
Some of the staff have pulled together and decided to launch a crowdfunding appeal, which will start on Monday. 
L-R Helen Taylor,Louise Hayward,Selina Wagstaff,Shane Begby,Chris Nightingale.

The only charity in Suffolk that supports women and girls who have experienced sexual violence is today launching a crowdfunding appeal as it faces a looming financial crisis.

Inspector Julian Ditcham with the Drager Alcotest tests a motorist.

A drink-driver was more than four times the legal limit when police caught him in Bury St Edmunds, a court heard.

Keith Senior is pictured at Jacobs Allen in Bury St Edmunds

Concerns have been raised about how Thursday’s decision to quit the EU will affect mortgage rates and foreign travel.

Former county council leader Mark Bee.

Proposals for East Anglian devolution could be thrown out as early as today in the wake of the referendum vote.

Woodbridge Regatta and Riverside Fair. Pictured is Paul Webster.

Kicking off with midday hymns and culminating in the famous ‘Duck Dive’ – it could only be the return of a riverside town’s historic regatta.

Nitro Circus Live at Foxhall Stadium.

Fans have been left upset and out of pocket after they claim they were turned away from a stunt show because of bad weather - only to find the event went ahead slightly later than scheduled.

Parade to mark the opening of the Southwold Arts Festival

The circus rolled up to a Suffolk seaside town for the launch of an annual festival featuring some ‘big top’ names from the world of art, literature, music and dance.

Most read

Most commented

HOT JOBS

Show Job Lists

Topic pages

Streetlife

Newsletter Sign Up

Great British Life

Great British Life
MyDate24 MyPhotos24