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