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Break for bikes.

I would like to protest at a bias against motorcyclists in your article (Putting On The Brakes, 18.4.07).

Although the article was about a police crackdown on all motorists on North Yorkshire roads, I feel your reporting of the incident was very anti-bike.

Out of the 262 motorists fined for speeding, 77 were motorcyclists (30%). The other 185 were other vehicles (70%). I assume that means car and van drivers. If this figure was apportioned on a 50-50 basis, it would be 92 cars and 92 vans.

Seven motorcyclists and 24 other vehicle drivers were fined for double white line offences. Again, if these other vehicles were vans and cars that would average out at 12 cars and 12 vans.

Police also checked 516 bikes and 642 other vehicles for insurance errors. Only one motorcycle was seized but eight other vehicles were seized, perhaps four cars and four vans.

The article also states there have been five serious crashes involving motorcycles over Easter, but I'm sure the other vehicle would be a car or van.

The police do not attribute the offences solely to motorcycles, so why do you? Even the photo produced for the article shows a bike.

I have been a biker for 30 years and I have never had speeding points on my bike, always had insurance and have never been cautioned for a white line offence.

Come on, forget the stereotypes and concentrate on real road safety where every road user has a responsibility.

LA McCULLAGH

Middlesbrough
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Title Annotation:Gazette Letters
Publication:Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)
Date:May 2, 2007
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