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Police Scotland urge bikers to 'roll off the throttle'

'Roll off the throttle' campaign launched at the start of the biking season Photo: Police Scotland

As the biking season gets underway this weekend, motorcyclists in Scotland are being by being encouraged to ‘roll off the throttle’.

Road Safety Scotland, Police Scotland and the Scottish Government are campaigning to reduce the number of motorcycle casualties by encouraging bikers to reduce their speed.

Figures for Scotland:

  • Motorbikes represent 1% of road traffic but account for 12% of fatalities
  • More than 85% of all motorcycle casualties happen between April to September
  • About 90% of all motorcycle casualties are men, and a third of those killed are aged 40 – 49 years
  • One in three motorcycle incidents involve 40-49 year-old men and no other vehicle
  • Most motorcycle casualties occur during the day and in good weather
  • Most serious and fatal motorcycle accidents happen in rural areas with higher speed limits
Most accidents happen in good weather, during the day Credit: PA

“With the Easter break highlighting the start of the biking season, it’s a popular time for both experienced riders and those returning to a motorbike to get out and explore the country on two wheels.

“Throughout this campaign, we want to encourage safer, considerate biking behaviour among riders,particularly during the summer months.With statistics unfortunately showing most motorcycle casualties occur during the day and in good weather, and with more motorcyclists getting their bikes out at the start of summer, it’s important to take it easy in all conditions.

“Most serious and fatal motorcycle collisions happen in rural areas involving higher speed limits so our message is clear - when you’re out on your bike over the summer make sure you make it back to your loved ones. Roll off the throttle - don’t risk it for their sake.”

– Iain Murray, Head of Road Policing, Police Scotland