Police host motorcycle safety Facebook chat

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POLICE Scotland, Highlands and Islands division are holding a motorcycle safety chat on Facebook this evening (Wednesday, April 24th).

Running from 6pm to 7.30pm, the chat is aimed at raising motorcycle safety awareness and keeping riders safe in the Highlands and Islands.

In addition to the Facebook chat, dedicated police motorcycle patrols will be carried out on roads popular with riders next month (May).

Road Policing Inspector Neil Lumsden, said: “Between April 28th and May 8th last year, three motorcyclists died as a result of collisions in the Highlands and Islands and we deal with an average of 39 motorcycle collisions each year with most occurring during the month of May.

“Our aim is to stop and speak to as many motorcyclists as possible with a view to encouraging and educating riders on positive actions that will help to keep them safe.

“This highly visible and proactive approach will deter and divert inappropriate riding, whilst detecting and appropriately dealing with offences.”
He continued: “One death is too many and by adopting this educational and interactive approach, through Facebook and patrols we hope to reduce the number of collisions and keep motorists safe.

“We are keen for any bikers to enjoy the opportunities offered by the roads in the Highlands and Islands, but ask that this is done in a manner which does not put riders or other road users at risk of injury and allows for a safe journey home.”