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Police target speeding bikers in new countywide campaign

By Mercury reporter

Lincolnshire Police has launched a countywide crackdown on speeding motorcyclists.

The initiative has seen the Lincolnshire road Safety Partnership place 55 ‘stealth’ signs with a bike in a crosshair on popular biking routes throughout the region.

The signs are aimed at highlighting the fact that police are cracking down on speeding, and that they will be using covert and covert operations to catch dangerous riding.

John Siddle from the road safety partnership, the agency which is made up of police, the county council and other emergency services to reduce road accidents, said: “We have had a spate of reports of riders doing wheelies on our roads, and this will not be tolerated.

“We have also received complaints about motorbikes being ridden at 80, 90 or even 100mph in built up areas.

“Those riders doing stunts or riding wildly above the speed limit think they can do so without impunity, but we are deploying overt and covert operations to capture these people.”

But the signs haven’t been well received by bikers, with some claiming the campaign is discriminatory and that the crosshair sends out the wrong image.

Ian Blakemore, from Market Deeping, said: “I understand the need to crack down on speeding, especially in built up areas, but to crack down only on bikes is discriminatory.

“And the crosshair on the image? Could you imagine the outrage if that was targeted against car divers.”

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