Ex policeman Keith Peat of the D.P.U. says: 'Lincolnshire Road Safety Partnership's recently launched Operation Octane, in conjunction with other surrounding police forces (Humberside & South Yorkshire) to focus on motorcyclists, is clearly timed to spoil a few biker's summer and, as any cop will confirm, it's a nice time of year to get the police bikes out or stand at the side of the road with cameras'.
The D.P.U. are worried about the following from the Operation's Press Release:
'Sergeant Chris Dennett of Lincolnshire Police says, 'We welcome careful and considerate bikers but the small minority who wilfully ride at excessive speed, cause nuisance and represent a danger to other roads users as well as themselves will be targeted and where appropriate, will be put before the Courts. Our aim is to make the roads safer for all’.
D.P.U. ask: 'what do the police mean by "excessive speed"? It is a non-legal term and if they simply mean "speeding", which also has two less syllables, they should be honest about that.'
A recent report has criticised the use of non-legal terms such as 'excessive speed' by officials. They should only specify 'speeding', careless, or reckless says the report. See https://www.sites.google.com/
The Group wants Operation Octane to target too fast (reckless) motorcyclists if it is about saving them not those who have merely strayed over a speed limit.
In a note to editors, the press release informs them that: 'Nationally, motorcyclists represent only 1% of road users and last year represented 25% of Lincolnshire KSI (Killed or Seriously Injured)' 'But any experienced motorcyclist can explain that damage only motorcycle accidents are very rare indeed and death and injury are more about the lack of protection than how motorcyclists ride. In fact they can be killed even when stationary so the inclusion of this statistic is misleading. ' Says Keith Peat.
The D.P.U. urges the Lincolnshire Partnership to just focus on those who cause real danger to themselves and other road users by driving at reckless speeds.