Motorcyclist clocked at 126mph in Girvan area

A motorcyclist was clocked by police riding at 126mph in the Girvan area during a Scotland-wide initiative at the weekend.

During the Motorcycle Awareness Initiative a total of 629 road users were detected for speeding of which 39 were motorcyclists.

A further 47 were detected for dangerous or careless driving and 139 were found to be using their vehicles without a valid licence or insurance.

There were also 129 offences in relation to the maintenance of vehicles, eight of which were found on motorcycles.

All of these drivers received either a conditional offer of fixed penalty or were reported for summons and some had their vehicles seized.

These included a 19 year old man who was detected, in the Aberdeenshire area, riding an unregistered moped on a road with no ‘L’ plates and no insurance. He was carrying a 13 year old pillion passenger and neither the rider nor the pillion passenger was wearing a helmet.

A 46 year old motorcyclist was stopped in the Stirling area for exceeding the speed limit and found to be exceeding the drink driving limits as well. The male had no licence to ride the motorcycle as it had been revoked.

Several riders were detected at speed in excess of 100 mph and in the Girvan area, one rider was detected at 126 mph. This rider has been reported for dangerous driving.

In addition a further 300 motorcyclists and drivers were given advice regarding a range of road safety and vehicle maintenance issues.

This initiative was supported by all eight Safety Camera Partnerships, which continue to operate in support of their casualty reduction objectives.

Despite the high visibility of their vehicles, police say that it is frustrating that so many drivers fail to stick to the permitted speed limits, with just under 400 speeding offences detected by the cameras.

Inspector Ian Paul of the Police Scotland Motorcycle Trunk Road Patrol Group, said: “The weather was not great over the weekend with most areas in Scotland seeing at least some rain, which kept some rider at home. Unfortunately, we have still seen riders injured, with one male detained in hospital with serious injuries.

“Even with the poorer weather conditions we are still tracing too many people that are not taking heed of our road safety messages and placing themselves and others in needless danger. Throughout the summer months we would ask all road users to remember all vulnerable groups, including motorcyclists, slow moving vehicles, pedestrians and cyclists and continue to ask yourself “what is around the corner?. Expect the unexpected!“

Inspector Ian Paul also said: “We appeal to all drivers and riders to maintain their vehicles in full roadworthy condition and carry out the essential checks on a regular basis. This can save money in the long run, but also and most importantly by ensuring that your vehicles are in good working order this can help you avoid collisions and thereby prevent potential injuries. Don’t regret this after the fact. The message is clear ‘Don’t Risk It’.

“Hopefully the weather will improve and Police Scotland will maintain high visibility patrols throughout Scotland to educate and where necessary enforce all aspects of road safety legislation relating to road safety. Our priority is working with the community to keep people safe and I would ask all road users to be aware of their surroundings at all times and of course to comply with road traffic legislation. In doing so we can all enjoy the roads safely and reduce the number of casualties in Scotland.”