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Five bikers have been killed in eight days
A police operation to crackdown on speeding bikers after five deaths in eight days has been hailed a success by north Wales officers.

A helicopter equipped with a powerful video camera was in the air on Sunday monitoring riding standards and measuring speed.

Officers say the zero tolerance approach will continue throughout the summer and no motorcycling offences will be ignored.

They fear more lives will be lost unless motorcyclists ride safely and lawfully.

Last Sunday, three people were killed following two other deaths on north Wales roads on 16 and 20 March.

The fine weather brought thousands of people from England over the border to Wales.

Deputy Chief Constable Bill Brereton
Deputy Chief Constable Bill Brereton: Bikers will be targeted

Although officers have not yet determined whether these deaths were as a result of speeding, they have decided to get tough with offending drivers.

Chief Inspector Mark Owen said motorbikers had addressed their driving habits already and there were no serious accidents on the day of the launch.

Twenty two bikers were caught speeding and a further 24 were given fixed penalty notices for a wide range of offences.

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Since the introduction in 2001 of Arrive Alive - a police scheme to cut the number of casualties at accident black spots - officers have recorded a reduction in the number of motorists speeding.

However, motorcycle accidents are still happening regularly.

Chief Insp Owen said bikers had taken heed of publicity surrounding the operation and those that came to the area took more care.

North Wales Police Deputy Chief Constable Bill Brereton's daughter died in a motorcycle accident in May 2001.

Mr Brereton, who is himself a keen biker, said people coming to north Wales to cause havoc will not be tolerated.

"If you don't intend to ride safely and lawfully keep away from the roads of north Wales," he said.




SEE ALSO:
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