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UGP and DOE urge motorcyclists to bike safely

UGP and DOE urge motorcyclists to bike safely

Environment Minister Mark H Durkan has joined the Dundrod and District Motorcycle Club to appeal to motorcyclists to take care on the roads on the eve of the Ulster Grand Prix.

He said, “Those with a keen interest in road racing will no doubt get a great thrill out of seeing the top riders competing at high speeds. However, they need to be aware there is a big difference between racing behaviour on the circuit and everyday riding behaviour on the road.”

The Minister made the appeal as road collisions have claimed more lives here in recent days, with motorcyclist deaths now at 10 this year.

Clerk of the Course at the Metzeler Ulster Grand Prix Noel Johnston concluded, “I echo the Minister’s comments and can’t stress enough how important it is to keep the race in its place.

“Please keep your wits about you as you travel to and from the circuit, and indeed at any time you’re riding a motorbike. Above all, resist the temptation to break the speed limit or take any unnecessary risks, the high number of road deaths this year tell us that it’s just not worth it.”

Minister Durkan added, “Motorcyclists – think ahead and be aware of the danger around every corner and every turn.

“Drivers – be bike aware. Take another look for motorcyclists and remember that underneath the helmet is someone’s father, mother, sister, brother, son, daughter, uncle, aunt, or best friend.”

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From DOE, supported by PSNI.

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