Police operation aims to educate bikers

Operation Drayton is scheduled to last six months
Operation Drayton is scheduled to last six months

Careless bikers are being targeted in a new initiative launched by Central Scotland Police.

As the summer approaches, more motorcycles are on the roads and are more likely to be involved in a serious accident than any other road user.

The police have launched Operation Drayton, a six-month initiative to educate motorcyclists which will see officers from the Road Policing Unit and Road Safety Unit speaking with bikers at favourite stops along popular routes.

Leading the operation is Sergeant Andy Mather. He said: “This is not about targeting motorcyclists. It is about keeping them safe on our roads and helping them understand what steps they can take to ensure they don’t become another collision or fatality statistic.”

From now until the end of summer officers will be stopping bikers on the A84 Callander, the A85 Crianlarich and A82 Tyndrum roads to speak with them.

Sergeant Mather continued: “Obviously if we see anyone riding in an anti-social manner they will be dealt with. We understand why motorcyclists come to our area and ride these roads but we want them to come here and enjoy the area safely. We have had six motorcyclists killed since 2006 and 56 collisions involving motorcyclists since 2007. Having one person killed or injured on our roads is one too many.”

Bike Safe classes run in the area, giving information and advice on how to be a responsible motorcyclist. Log on to www.bikesafe.co.uk for more details.