A series of road deaths across Dyfed-Powys has prompted a “stay safe” plea from Police and Crime Commissioner Christopher Salmon.
This year has seen the deaths of nine motorcyclists in the region, including a tragedy in Welshpool, Powys, on June 1.
Incidents in previous months included the deaths of a man in his 50s in Cardigan and a motorcyclist in his 30s at Milford Haven.
Mr Salmon said: “I’m extremely concerned at this spike in deaths. It’s largely men aged 35-51 on motorbikes.
“The police have increased road patrols and have two new unmarked motorcycles to boost their operations. The Chief Constable is looking at how best to respond to the current situation.
“We will take a cool, calm look at whatever we can do but, ultimately, we cannot police every bend every hour of the day. We have to rely on people to act responsibly both for themselves and for those around them.
“Some motorcyclists leave behind broken families for the sake of a moment’s thrill. It’s just not worth it.”
“I urge caution and care by all road users; drive and ride within the law and with conditions in mind.
“I ask driver and motorcycle groups to stress to their members the importance of safety on our roads.”