This year’s Isle of Man TT road safety campaign will be centred around a series of hard-hitting images and messages.
Ferry passengers arriving in Douglas will be greeted by the warnings:
- Don’TT Cross The Line – Avoid That Fine
- It’s A Road – Not a Race Track
The campaign’s images are designed to encourage bikers to slow down, respect the roads and ride within their capabilities. Posters will be displayed at prominent locations around the Island, including TT campsites and popular vantage points on the Mountain Course, as well as in shops and community venues.
A billboard at Ramsey Hairpin on the ascent to the Mountain Road will feature a picture of Lewis Clark who was fatally injured in 2015 following a collision with another visiting biker. It also shows the TT fan’s burnt-out motorcycle with the caption: ‘Will You Complete Your Lap? I Couldn’t Through No Fault Of My Own.’
The billboard supports a powerful video produced by the Isle of Man Constabulary and Lewis’s family urging riders to heed the lessons from the tragedy.
Visitors travelling by ferry to the festival will receive important safety information thanks to the continuing partnership with the Isle of Man Steam Packet Company. The main leaflet is designed as a tank bag map incorporating potentially life-saving advice.
Road safety officers will be on board busy sailings during practice week to speak to bikers, many of whom will be attending the TT for the first time.
Members of the Isle of Man Constabulary’s Roads Policing Unit will also be out throughout the TT period to stress the importance of keeping speeds down, maintaining a safe distance from other vehicles and abiding by the central white lines. Unmarked police vehicles will be deployed to enforce the rules of the road, promoted by the slogan ‘The Force Is Behind You.’
Home Affairs Minister Bill Malarkey MHK said: “The significant increase in people and traffic makes the TT an extremely demanding time of year for the Department’s frontline services. The wellbeing of residents and visitors is of paramount importance and a lot of planning goes into the event to make it as safe and enjoyable as possible.”
The public is also reminded that while the TT takes centre stage for two weeks, everyday life continues in the Isle of Man, with people commuting to work and commercial vehicles out on the roads.
View the hard-hitting video produced by the Roads Policing Unit Isle of Man Constabulary: