Annual police campaign helps bikers to stay safe

Police Scotland is launching its annual motorcycle campaign to help riders stay safe on the country’s roads over the spring and summer.

Mark Dowie
Tuesday, 26th April 2022, 3:05pm
Annual police campaign helps bikers to stay safe

It comes after two motorcyclists died this month and five were seriously injured in collisions over the Easter weekend alone.

The latest figures are being highlighted as a reminder to all road users to keep themselves and others safe while travelling on Scotland’s roads.

Road policing officers are focusing the campaign over the spring and summer months when riders tend to make use of the better weather. The Rider Refinement training courses help to promote responsible riding

More than 85 per cent of all motorcycle collisions happen in rural areas, during the daytime and in good weather, and more than 500 motorcyclists are seriously injured or killed across the country each year.

Fellow biker and deputy head of road policing, Superintendent Stewart Mackie, said: “We speak to bikers and other road users all year round but as the better weather arrives, there is a real focus on motorbike safety and educating all drivers.

“My plea to other riders is a straightforward one – get home safe. I have bitter experience of attending fatal collisions over the years and we must all be cautious on bends, especially left hand bends and think twice before every single overtake.

“I understand the pleasure of being on a bike and exploring Scotland but there’s nothing more important than returning home to your loved ones safe and well.

Further information will be available via Tayside Division’s Facebook page.

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Police Scotland will be running courses across its divisional areas.
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