BIKERS are being urged by cops to stay safe this summer following a surge in road accidents across Cheshire.
The death of two Runcorn motorcyclists on the A49 in Tarporley - and a second serious smash at the A533 junction at Murdishaw - has sparked serious concerns among road traffic police.
Now, Halton's traffic policing unit has moved to educate road users about the importance of wearing protective clothing, and is encour-aging people to use dipped headlights at all times.
It is also carrying out stop-checks across the borough, to educate people about the importance of abiding by road safety precautions.
Sergeant Yvonne Williams, of Halton's traffic unit, said: 'We have had a number of serious road accidents over the last few weeks, and it is causing us significant concern.
'We attended an accident in Murdishaw in which one of the riders sustained serious injuries - and this is partly because there are more motorcyclists around at the moment who tend to be attracted by the warmer weather.
'And far from being the fault of the motorcyclists, there are more cars around and this is what's causing the problems.
'We would encourage drivers to look out for motorcyclists, especially when they're travelling along side-roads, and coming off some of the main roads.'
According to police, bikers should take heed of the following safety message:
Wear full protective clothing and gloves
Take extra care around other drivers and watch your speed
Wear properly fitting safety helmets
According to police, the death toll for road users across the county has reached 20 since January alone.
The problem is currently being tackled in Halton by making changes to road layout, and introducing more static and mobile speed cameras through the Cheshire Safety Camera Partner-ship.