Motorcyle safety campaign

Motorcycle safety campaign being rolled out this weekend
Motorcycle safety campaign being rolled out this weekend

Police are holding a motorcycle safety campaign this weekend across the east of Scotland.

On Saturday, August 15 and Sunday, August 16, officers will be patrolling key motorcycle routes, including roads in Fife. to stop bikers and offer advice as well as enforcing any traffic offences committed by any road user.

Safety Camera vehicles will also be taking part in the weekend’s activities, with routes covered across all four East policing divisions.

In Fife officers will be monitoring the A91, A92, A915, B940, A919, B942 in North East Fife and the Kinglassie Road in Glenrothes.

Chief Inspector Stephen Innes, local area commander for road policing in the East of Scotland, said: “So far in 2015 there have been 18 motorcycle fatalities on Scotland’s roads.

“Six people on motorbikes have sadly lost their lives in the four divisions that make up the east. Biking is a very popular pastime especially over the summer months, and we want everyone to enjoy our scenic routes safely, no matter what mode of transport you are using.

“We are taking the joint approach of education and enforcement and will be patrolling key roads which are popular with bikers. Whilst the vast majority of motorcyclists ride appropriately, a small number take unnecessary risks and cause a danger to themselves and others.

“But it only takes one small lapse in attention to find your speed has crept up or a bend is sharper than you initially thought, so we want all bikers, indeed all road users, to think about their riding and driving and be mindful of the road conditions and other vehicles.”

He added: “Road policing officers in marked and unmarked vehicles will be joined by colleagues on our police motorbikes, to stop and speak to riders and give advice like easing off the throttle on left-hand bends and staying alert to the speed of the vehicle in front.”