Scottish Police Superintendent Stewart Mackie’s warning over biker death statistics

A police officer has urged fellow motorcyclists to exercise caution on the roads this weekend as Scotland is set to enjoy warm weather.

Superintendent Stewart Mackie, an avid motorcyclist, issued the warning as it was revealed that 90% of motorcyclist victims are male.

The deputy traffic police chief said a third of those killed in motorcycle crashes are between the ages of 40 and 49, and that a marked increase in the number of motorcycle owners in recent months could be due to the return of people to cycling after many years.

He added that more than 85% of motorcycle accidents happen in rural areas and can happen during the day and in good weather.

Superintendent Mackie added that motorists “must do their part” to keep routes safe for vulnerable road users, including cyclists and equestrians.

He said: “Being a biker myself, I know the thrill of being on your bike. Scotland has some of the best cycle routes in the world.

“However, my colleagues and our road safety partners are working to ensure that Scotland also has the best road safety performance in the world by 2030. We all need to play our part.

“We will be launching our motorcycle safety campaign next month. This will see education, engagement and enforcement take place across Scotland throughout the spring and summer months. But I wanted to contact you now.

“With the arrival of fine weather, more and more motorcyclists are taking to the roads to make the most of their weekends. I urge all cyclists to consider the personal consequences of taking risks while riding a bike.

“Similarly, I remind all road users that the safety of cyclists and other groups of vulnerable road users depends on each of us.

“Motorcycling is a great way to explore the country. I want the runners to enjoy their free time, as I will. More importantly, I want us all to come home safe and sound.