Plea to road users as police focus on motorcycle safety

Friday April 22nd 2022

Police Scotland

Written by Midlothian View Reporter, Luke Jackson

Two motorcyclists have died this month and five seriously injured in collisions over the Easter weekend.

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 on their annual motorcycle campaign over the spring and summer months when riders tend to make use of the better weather.

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.

“Motorcyclists are more vulnerable than other road users. 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 motorcycle collisions happen in rural areas, during the daytime and in good weather. Over 500 motorcyclists are seriously injured or killed across the country each year.

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