North Yorkshire biker deaths prompt holiday safety plea

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Bikers using North Yorkshire's roads are being urged to take extra care over the bank holiday weekend following a recent spate of fatal crashes.

Police said three motorcyclists died in separate incidents earlier this month, bringing the biker death toll for the year so far to 11.

The force said this compared to just two deaths in 2012.

Deputy Chief Constable Tim Madgwick said he wanted bikers to enjoy the weekend but "to keep safe as well".

Police said there had been no fatalities or serious crashes involving bikers over the last two weeks.

"We know the vast majority of motorcyclists are responsible and safe and the past two collision-free weekends are testament to that," Mr Madgwick said.

"But we cannot be complacent, particularly ahead of the bank holiday weekend, and must keep driving home the message to riders and drivers to take care."

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