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Last Updated: Wednesday, 11 June, 2003, 10:08 GMT 11:08 UK
Call for signs at biker black spots
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Twelve bikers have been killed in north Wales
After a spate of motorcycle deaths in north Wales Alyn and Deeside MP Mark Tami is calling for warning signs to be put up to warn of the dangers.

Twelve motorcyclists have died in accidents in north Wales since the start of this year - many from outside the region.

The latest victim was a 31-year-old woman from Leicester who died when the red Yamaha she was riding was in collision with a car on the A5 between the Bala turn-off and Corwen on Sunday.

Now Mr Tami is suggesting signs should be put up on roads where bikers have been killed to warn others.

"Our own bikers tend to know the roads better and know when to overtake and when not to," he said.

Black spots

"Perhaps warning signs should be installed along the worst routes warning specifically bikers that people like them have died on those roads already."

There have been more deaths so far this year in north Wales than in the whole of 2002.

Mr Tami said many roads have become known as notorious black spots.

"Corwen Road is a favourite stretch for weekend bikers," he said.

"Unfortunately, it is also a primary route for cars and lorries travelling to mid Wales and so speeding bikers are taking a terrible risk when opening up the throttle."

Chief Inspector Mark Owen from North Wales Police said the force is supporting Mr Tami's scheme.

"We welcome this with open arms and our message would be the sooner the better," he said.

Zero-tolerance

"This is something we are looking at and actively pursuing."

The move comes a week after North Wales Police Deputy Chief Constable Bill Brereton suggested that motorbikers caught breaking the law should be able to take the penalty points or go on a training course.

North Wales Police has introduced a zero-tolerance policy towards biking offenders this year.

Many motorcyclists were enraged, accusing the police of victimisation and of picking them up for offences for which car drivers got away.

But officers who are charged with bringing down the death rate said they made no apologies.




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