Revving up for the Moto GP

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Revving up for the Moto GP

The Moto GP returns for another round at the Silverstone circuit this weekend.

Gates at the circuit open today (Thursday, 1 September) and Northamptonshire Police officers will be on hand to tackle any crime or disorder to ensure everyone has a safe time.

With large numbers of spectators expected to arrive each day, race commander Superintendent Chris Hillery, said: “We’re looking forward to welcoming visitors to the county and want to ensure they have a safe and enjoyable time.

“Whether people intend to camp, or visit on race day, we want them to enjoy themselves safely and take heed of security and crime prevention advice.

“We will be supporting the event and tackling any offences or disorder that takes place.

“There are likely to be significant numbers of motorbikes on the county’s roads during the event and I would encourage all road users to drive sensibly and appropriately with the higher than normal traffic levels.

“Spectators should also ensure they leave their vehicles locked and secure when they park at the event, to minimise the chances of becoming a victim of crime. I would urge visitors, especially those camping, to heed crime prevention advice and to make sure they know the whereabouts of their valuables at all times.

”If you spot any suspicious activity, alert a steward straight away or call us on 101.”

Key crime prevention messages are as follows:

•    If camping, leave your tent untidy which makes it harder for a thief to grab a bag with everything in it. When asleep, do not leave valuables on display
•    Take money, credit cards, mobile phones and cameras with you at all times.
•    Drink responsibly. Too much alcohol can leave you a victim or offender of crime. Never drink and drive.
Advice for motorcyclists:

•    Anticipate the actions of other road users
•    Be alert and observant
•    Position yourself in the safest and best place to maximise your visibility of potential hazards
•    Take a ‘lifesaver’ glance over your shoulder before carrying out manoeuvres, so you know where others are and what they’re doing
•    Wear bright or florescent gear during the day and reflective gear at night
•    Wear protective gear
Advice for motorists

•    Look carefully for motorbikes when pulling out at junctions.
•    Keep your distance
•    Check for bikes when changing lanes
•    Remember your blind spot
•    Check for bikes when turning – Parked cars or large vehicles can obstruct your view of a motorcyclist.
•    Motorcyclists might pass you on either side – Double-check for motorcyclists, whether you’re turning left or right.
For more road safety advice, please visit think.direct.gov.uk

For more information about the Moto GP visit Silverstone.co.uk

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