Motorcyclists urged to slow down

AMBULANCE bosses are urging motorcyclists to slow down following a spate of accidents in the region which have left two dead and others seriously injured.

AMBULANCE bosses are urging motorcyclists to slow down following a spate of accidents in the region which have left two dead and others seriously injured.

Fatal accidents involving motorcyclists have occurred at both Needham and Aldburgh in Norfolk in recent weeks while there were also serious collisions in Beccles and Shipmeadow.

In another accident, an overtaking motorcyclist collided with a goods vehicle east of Beccles which resulted in the amputation of the rider's arm.

Rob Lawrence, Suffolk chief officer of the East of England Ambulance Service (EEAS) has pleaded with riders to kill their speed and not themselves.


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He said: “The dry road conditions we had during the past two or three weeks seem to promote greater speed and risk-taking which, as the recent accidents have demonstrated, have proved a lethal combination.

“The ambulance crews, police and fire service arriving at the scenes of these tragedies are confronted with some gruesome, self inflicted injuries. Each and every one is totally unnecessary and avoidable.”

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During 2006, eight motorcyclists were killed as a result of collisions on Suffolk's roads, 17 per cent of the total fatalities for the year.

Meanwhile, 64 motorcyclists were seriously injured on the roads during last year.

During Easter, officers from Suffolk Constabulary stopped motorcyclists in the county to issue safety advice and promote sensible riding.

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