Number of deaths falls

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An operation to reduce the number of motorcyclists killed or injured on Derbyshire roads during the summer months has come to an end with fewer fatalities compared to last year.

The annual Operation Focus, funded by the Derby and Derbyshire Road Safety Partnership, ran from Good Friday to the end of September.

There were five motorcycle deaths on the county’s roads between April and September this year compared to eleven during the same period in 2011.

As part of the operation police patrolled roads across the county where collisions are most common, including the A5012 Via Gellia, A57 Snake Pass and the A6 between Ambergate and Buxton.

Head of Roads Policing, Chief Inspector Steve Wilson, said: “We are absolutely committed to keeping people safe on the roads of Derbyshire.”