12:05PM, Friday 18 July 2014
Bikers tempted by the warm weather to jettison their usual protective clothing are being warned - 'don't do it'.
The warning comes from the South Central Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust (SCAS), whose consultant pre-hospital care practitioner Mark Ainsworth-Smith said: “As a biker myself I know the fun that can be had when riding motorcycles. However bikers are a very vulnerable group. They form only one per cent of road users but account for 19 per cent of all road deaths.
"Wearing protective gear, such as gloves, boots, motorcycle jackets and trousers can prevent serious injuries. Bikers should always ensure that their helmets are fastened securely and that they ride in a responsible manner.”
He said car drivers have to play their part too.
“We would also encourage other motorists to be aware of bikers on the roads when manoeuvring, overtaking, or when entering or exiting junctions.”
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