Top cop in safety plea to bikers amid warm weather

AS Scotland prepares to enjoy the weekend by basking in the sun, motorcyclists and other road users are issued a safety reminder.

Superintendent Stuart Mackie, deputy traffic police chief, urges bikers to “think about the personal consequences” of the risk when getting behind the wheel.

It is expected that motorcyclists will hit the road in the coming days, as the temperature in the country will be from 15 to 16 degrees Celsius.

Supt Maki said, “I’m a biker myself, and I know what a pleasure it is to ride my bike.

“Scotland has some of the best cycling roads in the world. However, my colleagues and our road safety partners are working to ensure that Scotland also has the best road safety performance in the world by 2030. We all need to play our part.

“Next month we will start our motorcycle safety campaign.

“This will allow education, engagement and law enforcement to take place across Scotland during the spring and summer months. But I would like to reach out to you now.

“With the onset of good weather, more and more motorcyclists are taking to the roads to make the most of their weekends.

“I would encourage all bikers to think about the personal consequences of risk while riding a bike.”

The reminder applies to all road users with Supt Mackie, highlighting the vulnerability of bikers and other groups on the roads.

He added: “Equally, I would like to remind all road users that the safety of bikers and other vulnerable groups of road users depends on each of us.

“About 90 percent of all motorcycle victims are men, and almost a third of those killed are aged 40-49.

“Recently, there has been a marked increase in the ownership and use of motorcycles, especially those returning to cycling after many years.

“Motorcyclists will always be more vulnerable on the roads than car drivers.

“More than 85 percent of all motorcycle casualties occur in rural areas, during the day and in good weather.

“Riding a motorcycle is a great way to get to know the country. I want riders to enjoy their free time as much as I do.

“More importantly, I want us all to return home safe.”

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