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Police Scotland in plea to keep motorcyclists safe on Scotland's roads this summer


By Ali Morrison

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Police are urging road users, in particular motorcyclists, to take extra care on the roads this summer.
Police are urging road users, in particular motorcyclists, to take extra care on the roads this summer.

Police are calling on motorcyclists and other road users to be extra cautious as the summer holiday period approaches.

Police Scotland said there are an increased number of cars and motorcyclists travelling as visitors flock to beauty and tourist hot spots across the country.

The force is now refreshing its road safety plea, with officers asking all road users to be responsible and keep each other safe, with a particular focus on motorcyclists who are more vulnerable.

Fellow biker and deputy head of road policing, Superintendent Stewart Mackie, said: “We speak to motorcyclists 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.

“Every road user needs to play their part.”

More than 85 per cent of all collisions involving motorbikes happen in rural areas, during the daytime and in good weather.

More than 500 riders are seriously injured or killed across the country each year.


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