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Wife of Bike Crash Victim to Launch New Road Safety Drive

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Wife of Bike Crash Victim to Launch New Road Safety Drive

THE widow of an experienced motorcyclist who died when a careless driver crashed into his bike is lending her support to a safety idea designed to prevent similar tragedies.

Neil Hamilton, a father of two from South Hylton in Sunderland was out on his BMW 600cc bike in April 2013 when he was struck by a Mitsubishi 4x4 vehicle on the B6301 between Tow Law and Cornsay Colliery.

The 60-year-old was an active member of Cleveland RoSPA (Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents) and had completed its national diploma in ‘Advanced Riding Instruction’. At the time of his death he was working as a supply teacher in and around the North East.

In April this year the driver of the car, 51-year-old Anthony Shelton was jailed for 16 months after admitting causing death by dangerous driving.

Tomorrow Neil’s wife, Christine Hamilton will accompany an officer from the force’s motorcycle team and visit the road on which the collision happened. She will also see at first hand some of the signs put in place over the last few weeks by Durham County Council encouraging drivers to be more aware of those on two wheels.

The council has provided for twelve ‘Think Bike!’ signs to be permanently deployed at various locations across County Durham, many of which are on  routes favoured by motorcyclists. Two of these will be at different points along the stretch of road where Neil lost his life.

Neil was passionate about passing on his skills to others to reduce casualties on our roads. But he died instantly, with no time to say thank you for the years we spent together and no time to say goodbye,” said Christine.

I asked for these signs to be erected to remind drivers and riders that we need to look out for each other. Follow the rules of the road and pay special attention to those who are less likely to survive a collision. Every day 30 bikers are killed or seriously injured in collisions at road junctions every day in the UK. And last year another 330 motorcyclists joined my husband in dying on our roads, with a further 4,800 seriously injured.

“I hope this initiative will remind people to take extra care and prevent a tragedy like this happening to another family.”

Ron HOGG, Durham’s Police and Crime Commissioner said; “Improving road safety is one of my policing priorities which I have tasked the Chief Constable to deliver. I welcome the introduction of these ‘Think Bike!’ signs which will help to promote safer driving and ultimately reduce the number of casualties on our roads.”

Posted on Thursday 14th August 2014
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