A Road Policing Inspector who tragically lost his father in a motorbike collision has launched a campaign to raise awareness of the dangers of riding whilst tired.
Inspector Dave Mangan from Lancashire Constabulary has created a short film about his father 'Mike’s Last Ride' which is being shown to bikers across the county.
Mike Mangan, 72, from Bolton, sadly died on 11 September 2013 in Wheddon Cross, Somerset, when he was involved in a collision with an oncoming vehicle whilst overtaking. Mike, a retired electrical engineer, was on the last ten miles of a 320 mile journey and it is thought that tiredness was a contributory factor in his death.
Inspector Mangan, 44, also from Bolton, was with his father at the time of the fatal collision. Mike was riding his BMW 1200RT as they were travelling from Lands End to Minehead.
‘Mike’s Last Ride’ tells the story of the day of the fatal collision and offers advice on how riders can stay safe on the roads.
The risks of motorcycling are considerably greater than for other road users. Motorcycles account for 1% of road users nationally, yet in Lancashire accounted for 25% of our killed or seriously injured road traffic collision statistics between April 2013 and March 2014. Around 30% of those being single vehicle accidents.
Since its inception Mike’s Last Ride has won a national award from EVCOM (Event and Visual Communication Association) in the Social Media Campaign category and a silver award at Cannes Corporate Media and TV Awards for Informational films. It also came runner up in the 2014 ACPO Outstanding Contribution to Road Safety category.
Officers from Lancashire Constabulary will be going to bike meets across the county to let bikers know about the campaign and to showcase the video.
A full inquest into Mike’s death heard on Thursday 22 May 2014 recorded a verdict of accidental death.
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