Police Scotland has launched its annual summer campaign to ensure the safety of motorcyclists, with a weekend of action across Scotland between 10 and 12 July).
Motorcyclists are among the most vulnerable road users and, while they make up just one per cent of traffic on our roads, they account for around 13 per cent of fatalities. In summer, motorcycle safety is to the fore as riders take their bikes out in good weather.
This weekend road policing officers are urging motorists to be extra vigilant for motorcycles, ensuring they give sufficient room when following or overtaking bikers and checking for motorcycles when moving off, or emerging from junctions.
Riders also have an important role to play in ensuring their own safety by travelling at safe speeds for the road, weather and traffic conditions. They should also wear high-visibility clothing, a helmet and other appropriate attire.
Superintendent Simon Bradshaw of Police Scotland’s road policing division said: “As we have seen in the past few weeks, Scotland has experienced some glorious weather, and similar dry and sunny spells are expected throughout the rest of the summer.
“This means that increased traffic on our roads is likely, including a larger number of motorcyclists.
“With that in mind, it is essential that all drivers are mindful of other road users and pay particular attention for motorbikes. Likewise, they must ensure their behaviour behind the wheel does not put riders, or anyone else, at risk.
“Motorcyclists must also play their part in keeping themselves safe and I would urge motorcyclists to always ride responsibly, ensuring they wear all the necessary safety clothing and travel at safe speeds, appropriate to the conditions they face.
“Road policing officers will continue to monitor the road network across the country and any offences we observe will be dealt with appropriately, be it educating drivers and riders or taking enforcement action.
"Please help us in our efforts to reduce road casualties and fatalities by taking all relevant safety precautions when driving or riding.”
Physical distancing guidelines mean that there were no large-scale public events during this year’s weekend of action, but anyone wishing to obtain information on how they can stay safe on Scotland’s roads should access the road safety information and guidance at www.scotland.police.uk or https://roadsafety.scot