Motorcyclists urged to take care after five fatalities so far this month

Motorcyclists have been urged to take extra care on the roads after five deaths this month alone.
Motorcyclists have been urged to take extra care on the roads after five deaths this month alone.
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Road Policing Officers are urging motorcyclists to take extra care on the roads following the deaths of five bikers on Scotland's roads so far this month.

Police Scotland is currently undertaking an ongoing safety campaign for motorcyclists, Operation Zenith, which has officers out on patrols dedicated to reducing motorcycle casualties and engaging directly with riders to encourage them to stay safe. Where offences are committed, they will enforce the law and will not hesitate to pull over anyone who is driving or riding in an irresponsible or illegal manner.

Chief Superintendent Andy Edmonston, Head of Road Policing at Police Scotland, said: “We understand the thrill of motorcycling but we also want riders to keep safe, especially when overtaking and negotiating left hand bends.

"Motorcyclists are more vulnerable than other road users and with an increase in tourist and foreign drivers who are unfamiliar with the roads during the holiday season, I would encourage motorcyclists to take extra care.

"In order to reinforce the road safety message and discourage inappropriate riding or driving, Road Policing Officers will be out in numbers in marked and unmarked patrol cars and motorcycles, with support from the Safety Camera Units, including the new motorcycle-based safety camera unit, which was launched last week."