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.
Insp Dave Mangan from Lancashire Constabulary has created a short film in partnership with Lancashire County Council about his father Mike’s last ride which will be 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 his family believes that tiredness was a contributory factor in his death.
Insp Mangan, 43, also from Bolton, was with his father at the time of the fatal collision. Mike was riding his BMW 1200RT, 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.
Insp Mangan, who oversees road policing in the county’s East Division, 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.”
A full inquest into Mike’s death is due to be heard on Thursday 22 May 2014.
You can also watch the film on YouTube here - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wtijm9Sch-E&feature=youtu.be.