POLICE have launched their annual motorcycle safety campaign as the days get longer and the weather promises to get better.
At this time of the year, many recreational bikers will be taking their machines out of storage and getting back on the road, possibly for the first time in several months.
To help keep them safe, Police Scotland has launched its campaign, which will run from now until the end of September.
The launch took place outside the RRS Discovery in Dundee and was supported by Transport Minister Humza Yousaf.
The six-month campaign will promote safe and responsible motorcycling throughout the road network with a view to reducing the number of road traffic casualties and improving rider behaviour.
Assistant Chief Constable Mark Williams said: "Motorcycling on Scotland’s roads is a fantastic and enjoyable experience.
"Although motorcyclists make up only one per cent of the motoring public they account for around 16 per cent of the people killed in road crashes, often during cornering or overtaking manoeuvres.
"Motorcyclists are more vulnerable than other motorists – the smallest of errors, by rider or driver, can lead to very serious consequences, particularly when high speeds are involved.
"Road safety is everyone’s responsibility. I urge motorcyclists to follow our safety advice; by doing so they will avoid collisions.
"Other roads users must keep a careful look out for motorcyclists, particularly when turning into or out of junctions where many collisions occur.
"Drivers who actively apply the road safety message, Think Bike, Think Biker, will help keep our roads safer and save lives.
"The campaign will be supported by the area safety camera units and will include deploying a specially equipped motorcycle."