‘Bad month’ for bikers - Police

September has started badly for bikers, with six serious and four minor collisions recorded within its first week.

“September has always been one of the worst months of the year in the Grampian area for motorcycle collisions”, said Inspector Jim Wood from Grampian Police, Road Policing Department, who has led bike safety campaign Operation Zenith for the last two years,

“From our experience it tends to be the same few behaviours for both car drivers and motorcyclists which catch folk out, and which can lead to serious or fatal consequences. These include driving too fast, inappropriate overtaking, poor positioning, poor observation and driving too close to the vehicle in front.

“As summer rolls into autumn, and daylight hours get shorter, road conditions can and do change dramatically during the course of a journey. Drivers and riders should be aware of this, and of how it can affect their riding/driving. We ask that they are realistic about their own abilities and keep their observations up and their speed down.

“I would ask all who use our roads this autumn to drive carefully and to Look twice, think Bike, think Biker.”