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Old 04-29-2016, 12:50 PM   #1
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MAG criticises police for shifting blame for collisions on to riders

Motorcycle Action Group says advice from Surrey and Sussex police is skewed

THE Motorcycle Action Group has criticised a campaign by Surrey and Sussex police aimed at reducing the number of deaths and casualties on roads in both counties this summer.

MAG believes that by telling riders to use hi-vis clothing and dipped headlights, Surrey and Sussex police are pushing the blame for accidents back on to riders.

Speaking to the Argus in Brighton, Mark Greening, political liaison officer for MAG, said the campaign was skewed, saying: ‘Using dipped headlights on a bright day, in my experience, makes it more difficult to judge distance and wearing a high-vis jacket isn’t going to stop someone taking a junction without looking.

‘It’s poor advice and it’s a bit skewed just placing all the blame on riders.’

Mr Greening’s comments follow a statement made by Andy Gooch, Chief Inspector of the Surrey and Sussex Roads Policing Unit, who at the start of a summer motorcycle safety campaign said: ‘Motorcyclists can help prevent themselves from being involved in a collision by taking certain measures.

‘They should ensure their machine is roadworthy, wear protective clothing, make themselves as visible as possible by wearing high visibility clothing and using the dipped headlight at all times, re-familiarise themselves with the Highway Code, and be aware of the power and performance of their bike.’
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