A road safety campaign aimed at reducing motorcycle-related deaths and serious injuries is underway across Wales.

The annual Operation Darwen campaign runs until autumn and is aimed at promoting rider safety. High visibility patrols are being carried out along key routes – identified as risk areas – and officers will be checking that bikes are roadworthy, paying particular attention to tyres.

Motorcyclists are amongst the most vulnerable groups of road users, and they are at a higher risk of injury and collision than other road users. In 2020 there were 70 motorcyclists killed or seriously injured in North Wales.

“Our officers – as well as partners from other emergency services see far too many tragedies, many preventable on the roads,” said Chief Inspector Jon Aspinall from the Roads Policing Unit at North Wales Police.

“Staying safe on the road applies to every single one of us, whether we have two or four wheels on our vehicle. I would urge riders and drivers to think about their behaviour and what changes they could make to improve their own safety and that of other road users.

“Op Darwen is not about spoiling people’s fun but encourages all road users to be safe and competent with the aim of reducing the number of collisions on our roads.”