Police report 'influx' of motorbikes over long weekend and issue warning to drivers

North Yorkshire Police is carrying out Operation Apex <i>(Image: North Yorkshire Police)</i>
North Yorkshire Police is carrying out Operation Apex (Image: North Yorkshire Police)

POLICE in North Yorkshire say they are seeing an "influx" of motorcyclists on the roads this Bank Holiday weekend - and urged motorists to drive safely around them.

North Yorkshire Police said it will be upping patrols across the county as part of Project Apex, an operation mainly aimed at boosting safety for motorcyclists.

A spokesperson for the force said: "We may have the 'typical' Bank Holiday weather, but we are still seeing an influx of motorbikes on our roads across this three-day weekend.

"Many motorcyclists will have heard the common phrase of 'sorry mate, I didn't see you' from other motorists after their vehicles have pulled out in front of them, bringing the rider to a rapid halt.

"Our officers, staff and police volunteers will be trying to prevent any further 'sorry mate, I didn't see you' incidents across this long weekend.

"The main aim of the operation is to engage with motorcyclists - but we will also have a close eye on the road network and if we encounter motorists having a clear lack of respect for the law we will deal with this appropriately.

"Enjoy the scenery - but please, let's work together to make sure everyone gets home safely."