Merseyside Police and Police Commissioner are delighted to be working with Amelix Youth Projects in their Merseyside school tour 'Is It Worth It?', which will aim to raise awareness about the dangers of off-road motorbikes.
The tour is visiting schools across Merseyside in the lead-up to the summer holiday period, during which incidents of anti-social behaviour involving scrambler and other motorbikes are known to increase.
Merseyside’s Police Commissioner Jane Kennedy said: “I hear repeatedly from people across Merseyside about the heightened anxiety and fear that the illegal use of scrambler and off-road bikes causes in our communities.
“Such bikes are noisy and dangerous, as recent incidents have shown. They are a nuisance to decent, hard-working people, they endanger the safety of innocent road users and pedestrians and they are being used to carry out serious crime.
“That is why it is so important we engage with young people and make them aware of the consequences of getting involved with the anti-social use of bikes. This production is portraying this important message to hundreds of teenagers across Merseyside at a critical time, before they leave school for the summer holidays. I hope it will prompt any young person thinking of using a scrambler bike to ask ‘Is it worth it?’”
Chief Inspector Gary O'Rourke leads Merseyside Police's Operation Brookdale campaign, which tackles the illegal and nuisance use of off-road motorbikes: "We know that off-road bikes can cause significant nuisance, stress and danger to members of our communities and we are committing to taking all possible measures to eradicate the problem, short and long term. We need to work together to discourage young people from reckless behaviour on our roads, which endangers other road users, pedestrians and the riders themselves.
"A key part of this is education and engagement, working closely with schools and our other partners. Projects like 'Is It Worth It?' are about helping to steer young people away from getting involved in such dangerous behaviour, as we see the massive harm that this behaviour can cause, from nuisance through to serious injuries and deaths on the roads.
"The school tours are designed to be fun, interactive and memorable for the pupils so that the messages about the consequences for them and the community they are part of really stick. Peer pressure can work both ways - we want them to avoid the temptation to get onto that scrambler bike but also persuade their friends not to as well."
"I am sure the hundreds of young people who see this show on Merseyside will learn a great deal, and share this learning within their families, friends and the wider community."
Cllr Trish Hardy, Cabinet Member for Communities, said: "We're really pleased to see this fantastic Merseyside-wide initiative being launched in Sefton, as we know that our local communities tell us that this is a problem for them.
"The idea of using innovative and interactive school workshops will bring the issue to life ensuring that the important messages, about the risks and dangers of using scrambler bikes, is easily understood and remembered by the young people."
Take a look at the video from the 'Is it worth it?' event here.