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Last Updated: Saturday, 19 April, 2003, 10:18 GMT 11:18 UK
Bikers urged back to basics
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Bikers are being urged to take refresher lessons
After the deaths of seven motorbikers in the region in the last four weeks, North Wales Police are offering riders the chance to improve their driving.

The initiative called Bikesafe takes place on Saturday at the force's headquarters in Colwyn Bay.

Earlier this month, two men died in separate accidents,just weeks after officers launched a zero-tolerance approach to speeding bikers.

In March five motorcyclists were killed in a period of eight days and police decided to get tough, declaring no motorcycling offences would be ignored.

Unmarked cars

Bikesafe - a national campaign - aims to reduce the number of people killed and seriously injured in motorcycle collisions.

Police believe the problem of speeding bikers is magnified by the hot weather.

Motorcyclists from England travel over the border for days out and police fear many are not riding safely.

Since the introduction of Operation Focus, the scheme aimed at targeting riders, officers have been deployed to the region in unmarked cars and in the Arrive Alive safety camera van.

Even our police motorcyclists, despite having all received some of the best training available attend refresher courses every three years
Chief Inspector Mark Owen

Chief Inspector Mark Owen, himself a biker, said it is important for people to brush up on their driving skills.

"I urge every rider, no matter how long they've been riding to consider enrolling on a suitable course," he said.

"Even our police motorcyclists, despite having all received some of the best training available attend refresher courses every three years.

"Despite being a motorcyclist for almost 25 years and having been an advanced motorcyclist for some 13 years, I still feel it is important to keep my skills current and up to date."

The scheme is a collaboration between North Wales Police and the regions Motorcycle Alliance group.

The free sessions will run from 1000GMT until mid-afternoon on Saturday.

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