Speeding motorists apprehended

A TOTAL of 26 motorists, including two motorcyclists, were detected for speeding offences in Tayside as a result of the ACPOS National Campaign on Motorcycle Awareness that took place between 7 a.m. on Friday and 7 a.m. on Monday.

Tayside Police, along with all other police forces in Scotland, took part in the initiative which was aimed at raising awareness of the potential dangers faced by vulnerable road users such as motorcyclists and included promoting safer motorcycling and motorcycle maintenance.

Also during the campaign, 11 motorists were found to be using their vehicles without valid insurance and eight offences were found in relation to the maintenance of vehicles, in which three of those offences were found on motorcycles. Three motorists were also reported for careless and inappropriate driving.

All of the drivers stopped in the campaign received either a conditional offer of fixed penalty or were reported for summons, and some had their vehicles seized. A number of other motorcyclists and drivers were given advice regarding a range of road safety and vehicle maintenance issues.

Chief Inspector Sandy Bowman, head of road policing, said: “The weather was lovely last weekend and as predicted this hastened a number of bikers back onto the road. Also, many motorists and their families enjoyed many of the scenic roads in our area and throughout Scotland.

“Unfortunately we are still tracing too many people who are not taking heed of our road safety messages and are placing themselves and others in needless danger.

“This is only the start of better weather and longer days, so we would ask all road users, including vulnerable groups such as motorcyclists, slow moving vehicles, pedestrians and cyclists to ask themselves ‘What is around the corner?’. The message is - expect the unexpected.

“We appeal to all drivers and riders to maintain their vehicles in full roadworthy condition and carry out the essential checks on a regular basis. This can save money in the long run, and most importantly, by ensuring that your vehicles are in good working order this can help you avoid collisions and thereby prevent potential injuries. Don’t regret this after the fact.”

“Hopefully the weather will continue to improve and Tayside Police will maintain high visibility patrols throughout the area to educate and where necessary, enforce all aspects of legislation relating to road safety. I would ask all road users to have the greatest consideration for their fellow road users, be aware of their surroundings at all times and of course, comply with road traffic legislation. In doing so we can all enjoy the roads safely and reduce the number of casualties in Tayside.”

The dedicated website for motorcyclists is available at www.aroundthecorner.org.uk and riders are requested to access this throughout the season for biker friendly advice.