TEN people have died on Dorset roads this year, including four people last month.

Dorset Police said it will continue tackling road safety and urged motorists to drive with patience and care.

In March, a motorcyclist in his 20s was killed in a crash in Poole.

The local man was riding a Honda motorcycle on Dorset Way when the incident occurred an he died at the scene.

A 67-year-old motorcyclist from Poole died in a crash near Wimborne in March.

He was riding a gold-coloured Honda motorcycle when it was involved in the accident, which happened on the B3082 Blandford Road, close to the turning for Kingston Lacy.

In May, a woman in her 20s died in a crash on the B3081. The collision involved a silver Audi A6 Allroad estate.

Emergency services attended and a 23-year-old female passenger of the Audi was pronounced dead at the scene.

Also in May, a motorcyclist in his 20s died in a crash involving three other bikers.

Dorset Police received a report of a collision on the A353 Preston Road at Osmington Hill. The collision involved a blue Yamaha motorcycle, which was travelling as part of a wider group of four motorcycles. The rider of the Yamaha was pronounced dead.

A 43-year-old motorcyclist was killed in a crash at the end of May. The incident, which happened on Belle Vue Road, involved a black Honda HR-V car and a black Suzuki motorcycle.

The motorcycle rider – a 43-old man from Bournemouth – was pronounced dead.

Not long after, a motorcyclist in his 50s died in a crash near Dorchester involving a black Harley Davidson and a grey Ford Focus.

And in July, four people died on the county’s roads.

A 17-year-old pedestrian was hit by a car on the A354 Blandford bypass and another pedestrian died after a crash involving a petrol tanker on the A338 Spur Road.

A man aged in his 20s died following a crash near Corfe Castle which saw a car leave the road and land in a field and a man was pronounced dead at the scene of a single-vehicle crash near Christchurch on Monday.

Inspector Craig Tatton, of the traffic unit, said: “Each fatal road traffic collision leaves a devastating impact on the families involved.

“Our officers will continue to support families through difficult times but, while each collision is subject to a full investigation, the sad fact is that many could be avoided.

“We urge all motorists to drive with patience and respect for other users. Don’t take unnecessary risk or think it will never happen to you – it happens to people in all areas of the community.

“Our Road Policing Team will continue to patrol the county’s roads seven days a week to respond to reports of collisions, take action against those committing offences and keep road users safe.

“We will actively target the five biggest killers on our roads known as the ‘fatal five’. These are: drink and drug driving, excessive and inappropriate speed, not wearing a seatbelt, driver distractions such as using a hand-held mobile phone and dangerous or careless driving.

“Our activity is aimed at influencing and improving the behaviour of those using our roads and members of the public can play their part by submitting dashcam footage of any driving offences they witnessed through our Operation Snap initiative at www.dorset.police.uk/do-it-online/operation-snap-dashcam-footage/.

“For further information on the work of our Roads Policing Team visit www.dorset.police.uk or the No Excuse or Dorset Traffic Police Facebook and Twitter accounts.”