Zeniths and Nadirs
The Operation Zenith model of motorcycle safety campaigns was rolled out across Scotland this year, following its success in engaging with motorcyclists in the north-east of Scotland, and is now coming to the end of it's term (April - September).
The last four years of Operation Zenith has already seen a steady reduction in the number of injury collisions involving motorcycles in Grampian and the campaign looks set to reach its target of a 15% reduction since 2009.
Police Scotland have been engaging motorcyclists in a two-way dialogue, raising awareness of safety issues as well as a continued focus on enforcement of criminal behaviour, to great success. The number of casualties on the roads has been decreasing, and local motorcyclists have been able to engage with officers to get safety tips from expertly-trained police riders.
Unfortunately, not all riders have engaged with the project and one rider was recorded riding at more than than 140mph on a 60mph limit road. Dumfries and Galloway is a popular area for bikers from inside and outside the region, but the police are always looking to improve road safety in the area.
The project wasn't just about improving riding habits, but also about making sure other motorists were aware of bikes on the road. The old adage "look twice.....think bike....think biker......" was a tag line for much of the campaign.
Plans to roll the project out even further next year are already being discussed.
If you've been involved in any of the activities organised as part of Operation Zenith, let us know. We'd like to hear what you thought of it and whether there are any activities in your area which you would recommend.
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