‘Tiredness can be a killer’

Motorcycle campaign
Motorcycle campaign

A BEREAVED son is urging Wigan bikers not to ride while tired as part of a safety campaign launched in memory of his father.

Dave Mangan, an inspector with Lancashire Police’s road division, has created a short film about his dad Mike’s fatal final bike ride providing safety advice to bikers.

The 72-year-old was killed last September in a collision with an oncoming vehicle as he attempted to overtake a car.

A retired electrical engineer, Mr Mangan was on the final 10 miles of a 170-mile journey between Land’s End and Minehead in Somerset when the accident happened.

His family believe tiredness played a major part in the fateful error of judgement which led to Mr Mangan’s death. Dave, 43, who was riding alongside his father at the time of the fatal collision, said: “My family and I are still trying to come to terms with what happened. We miss him every day.

“My dad was a keen and experienced biker. He was a trained advanced motorcycle observer and used to teach other motorcyclists how they could stay safe on the roads.

“We have decided to use this tragic incident to help educate other riders. If it reminds just one biker of the dangers faced by riding whilst tired, then it will be a success.

“When bikers are making a long journey, towards the end they may start to feel tired and lose concentration. It is really important that riders recognise this and adjust their riding to the conditions.

“Even experienced riders can make errors of judgment which can result in serious consequences. Please don’t make this mistake.”

Officers from Lancashire Constabulary will be going to bike meets across the county – including Riverington Barn which is popular with Wigan motorcyclists – to let bikers know about the campaign and show the video.

A series of messages will appear on Lancashire Constabulary’s Facebook and Twitter accounts with the hashtag #mikeslastride. Adverts will also appear on Facebook and leaflets will be distributed to raise awareness of the campaign.

Deputy Chief Constable Andy Rhodes from Lancashire Constabulary said: “It is very courageous of Dave to use this tragic event to try to help keep other riders safe.” A commemorative ride from Preston to Land’s End will commence on Wednesday. April 9.

An inquest into Mike’s death will be heard in May.