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Safety message uses shocking images of smashed bikes

Photographs of motorbike accidents are beingĀ used to promote road safety at TT 2009.

The Department of Transport and the Isle of Man Constabulary will use pictures of smashed bikes to remind both visitors and residents to stay alert on the Island's roads.

Most of the scenes are from genuine accidents, but one is a recreated image featuring an actor posing as a dead rider.

Head of the Roads Policing Unit Inspector Richard Power says his officers dread attending serious crashes (play audio file):

Transport Minister David Anderson says the message of the campaign - "Stay Alert, Stay Alive" - applies to all road users.

He told Manx Radio:

"It's very important we have our wits about us when we are on public roads, whether we are driving, riding or pedestrians.

"We've seen the devastating effects of some accidents in the past, and we've got some graphic images of accidents which have taken place during the TT festival over the past couple of years, with the permission of relatives of the deceased.

"They want their experieince to be something that other people don't have to go through, and it's brought to people's attention that a split-second lack of concentration can lead to devastating consequences."



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