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Funds to boost motorcycle safety

Derbyshire is to get a share of 3.5m funding in a bid to cut the number of motorcyclists killed on its roads.

The county has been awarded up to 200,000 to analyse motorcycling patterns and educate motorcyclists on safety issues.

Police will also carry out targeted enforcement campaigns as part of the government project.

Figures show 120 motorcyclists were killed or seriously injured in the county last year.

'Exciting project'

Robert Hill, manager of the Derby and Derbyshire Road Safety Partnership, said: "We're moving away from purely looking at speed cameras.

"They're an effective way of reducing casualties... but what we're doing now is giving people a range of courses to go on rather than taking points off their licence and hopefully get the behavioural change through education."

Bristol, Cheshire, Lancashire, Hounslow, Oldham, Staffordshire and Warwickshire will also get a share of the funding.

Road Safety Minister Jim Fitzpatrick added: "We need to find innovative ways to tackle the road safety problems we face.

"This extra funding will support local authorities using the latest techniques, which in turn will help to spread good practice around the country and make our roads safer for everyone.

"I look forward to seeing the results of this exciting project in Derbyshire."

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