Plea for motorcyclists to stay safe

As the motorcycling community make plans to head out on the roads this weekend, officers from Police Scotland’s Road Policing Division will also be out keeping people safe.

Operating from both bikes and cars, the specialist officers will maintain a highly-visible presence on the country’s roads, particularly concentrating on those routes which have a history of collisions and speeding involving motorcycles.

Officers will be proactively stopping and talking to road users, with a particular emphasis on the dangers faced by motorcyclists. They will be to giving advice and enforcing legislation where necessary.

Chief Superintendent Iain Murray, head of road policing, said: “In the past few months, Police Scotland is aware that a number of collisions involving motorcycles have occurred on rural roads when the rider has been overtaking or negotiating left hand bends. Sadly, many of these resulted in the loss of life.

“I would urge road users to be alert at all times while driving or riding; only overtake if it is completely safe to do so and slow down for bends, especially when it is a blind bend and you cannot see what is around the corner.

“If you are approaching a slower moving vehicle, reduce your speed, and take time to consider why it is slowing - the vehicle in front might be reacting to something you can’t see or might be preparing to turn right.”