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Ross-shire biker safety drive flagged


By Hector MacKenzie


Stuart Mackie
Stuart Mackie

ROSS-SHIRE motorcyclists itching to get out as the weather improves are being urged to consider a training scheme which aims to reduce the number of collisions on the roads.

Dingwall has been included as a stop on a series of courses being run for the second year running.

The Rider Refinement North one-day course will be run in Dingwall on several dates as part of a scheme funded by Transport Scotland’s road safety framework fund.

Road policing chief inspector Stewart Mackie (pictured) said: “The feedback we received last year was overwhelmingly positive and many riders said how it helped them and how they have changed their riding style as a result of the advice.

“Sadly, a significant number fatal collisions in the north area of the country involve motorcyclists.

“With great roads and scenery, motorcyclists from both the local area and from further afield love nothing more than to get out into the countryside to enjoy riding their bikes.”

The course is led by police motorcyclists and is understood to be the only one of its kind in Scotland. Ch Insp Mackie added: “On our course we want to not only promote safe riding messages, but also encourage riders to think about their riding style and riding behaviour, and take advantage of the expert tuition and advice.”

Courses will be run in Dingwall in May, July, August, September and October.

They are open to any qualified motorcyclist, although preference will be given to those living in the area. Email operationriderrefinement@scotland.pnn.police.uk for more details.



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