‘Drive safely’ plea in wake of a number of open roads deaths

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POLICE are appealing for calm on the roads after a number of serious crashes which have had tragic consequences.

There have been three deaths on open roads – island golf champion Davy Jones, aged 33, died after a crashing on his motorbike just before 7am on Tuesday on the Cronk-y-Voddy Straight and two visiting bikers have also lost their lives.

Plumber Davy, from Ramsey, hit the back of a stopped bin wagon while out riding with a friend, who suffered an arm injury in the accident.

One of the visiting bikers killed has been named as 31-year-old Andrew Stephen Baxter, from North Shields. Mr Baxter was riding his Suzuki motorcycle when he was in collision with a car near Bulgham on the Laxey to Ramsey coast road late in the morning on Wednesday. The occupants of the car, a man and his wife from the island, were uninjured.

The other biker was killed on Tuesday in a crash which happened at 6.55am on the approach to the 32nd Milestone on the Mountain Road.

Three other bikers involved received varying, non-life-threatening injuries.

All of the crashes saw stretches of roads closed for several hours while police investigated.

The force’s roads policing unit issued a statement which said: ‘We are very concerned during this really busy period and want to appeal to visitors and locals alike to ride and drive responsibly.’

Inspector Terry Stephen added: ‘That means travelling at the right speed for the road conditions and, most importantly, riding and driving within your own ability.’

And referring to the fact that two serious collisions had happened in the early morning, he said: ‘We are aware that some motorcyclists choose to ride the TT course early in the morning.

‘The roads may be a little quieter – however, whatever the time of day you use the roads, you have to ride to the prevalent conditions.

‘We have officers on patrol during the night and from very early morning every day. They will be enforcing speed limits and targeting persons riding irresponsibly.’

He added: ‘People need to think about the consequences of their riding, we want people to enjoy the TT festival and then return home safely.’

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