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Weekend of Motorcycle incidents accross Sussex leaves 2 dead & 3 injured
Police Press Release
Monday 10 September 2012
ref- PR40324 /2012
Sussex Police is reminding drivers of two-wheeled vehicles to drive safely following four serious collisions yesterday [Sunday]. Late summer sunshine and the ACE Cafe Reunion in Brighton on Sunday saw thousands more motorcycles on the county's roads.
Yesterday the rider of a motorbike was killed in a collision on the A283 at Northchapel and three people were seriously injured - two riders and one pillion - in collisions in Eastbourne, Uckfield and Ashurst.
Phil Nicholas of Sussex Road Policing Unit said- "The statistics for people killed or seriously injured on all forms of two-wheeled transport are consistently high and the warm weather this weekend, along with the annual ACE Cafe Reunion, saw more motorbikes on the roads of Sussex than usual.
"Sussex Police works closely with its partners, including Sussex Safer Roads Partnership to educate riders about how they can keep themselves safe. We also work to educate drivers of other vehicles about looking out for riders of two-wheeled vehicles. "In July, Sussex Police held a First Bike @ Scene event in Bury Hill near Arundel to teach riders vital first aid skills which could help save the lives of others who may have come off their motorbikes or been involved in a collision. Skills like this can really make a difference to the chances of someone's survival and we will be looking to do more of this type of educational event in the future."
Motorcyclists are much more likely to be killed or seriously injured than any other road group. In 2011 athough only 1% of vehicle miles were travelled by powered two wheelers they were 25% of those killed and seriously injured on the roads across Sussex.
During the ACE Cafe Reunion covert and overt police motorcyclists were carrying out enforcement checks. A total of 24 fixed penalty notices were issued, four people reported for summons for excessive speed, seven riders were given warnings for antisocial riding and a motorcyclist had his bike seized for ignoring such a warning. Two vehicles seized for no insurance and one motorcycle reported for no tax.
Neil Hopkins, Communications Manager at the Sussex Safer Roads Partnership, added- "Every year, too many riders are killed or seriously injured on our roads. The Partnership developed the Stay A Hero campaign to raise awareness amongst bikers about how their actions, from the way they ride, to the protective gear that they wear, affect everyone around them. "Sussex can be a beautiful place to enjoy on two wheels and we're determined to help bikers make the most of the county safely."
For more information about how to keep safe on the roads and rider refresher courses visit
  Charlotte Tagg from Beck Row, Suffolk
Appeal for witnesses to Brighton speed trial fatal crash
Police Press Release
Monday 10 September 2012
Officers investigating a fatal collision at Brighton Speed Trials on Saturday are appealing for witnesses. At around 6.15pm on Saturday, 8 September, a black Honda Asco collided with a wall during the event. The rider, a 63-year-old man from London, suffered serious injuries and is currently in hospital in a critical but stable condition. His woman passenger died from her injuries. She was 38-year-old Charlotte Tagg from Beck Row, Suffolk.
Sergeant Huw Watts of Sussex Road Policing Unit said- "This was a tragic incident during what should have been an enjoyable event. Our thoughts are with the woman's family and friends at this time. "We are currently investigating how the collision happened and would like to appeal for anyone who witnessed the incident or anyone who has any photos or footage to contact Sussex Police."
Anyone with information is asked to call 101 asking to speak to Sussex Police and quoting Operation Marsden.
The family of Charlotte, released the following tribute and photograph-
"Charlotte was a unique woman who lived a full, adventurous life on her own terms. She touched the lives of many with her sunshine and smiles and will be missed by all. "We appreciate all the condolences and heartwarming tributes paid to Charlotte online and wish a speedy recovery to the rider. Charlotte was tragically taken from us taking part in a sport she loved, living her life her way. She leaves three beautiful children and a grieving family. "
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