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More than 85 per cent of all collisions involving motorbikes happen in rural areas, during the daytime and in good weather.

More than 500 riders are seriously injured or killed across Scotland each year.

Now Police Scotland is refreshing its road safety plea as the good weather continues across the country.

Road policing officers are asking all road users to be responsible and keep each other safe, with a particular focus on motorcyclists who are more vulnerable.

Fellow biker and deputy head of road policing, Superintendent Stewart Mackie, said: “We speak to motorcyclists and other road users all year round but as the better weather arrives, there is a real focus on motorbike safety and educating all drivers.

“My plea to other riders is a straightforward one – get home safe.

“I have bitter experience of attending fatal collisions over the years and we must all be cautious on bends, especially left hand bends and think twice before every single overtake.

“I understand the pleasure of being on a bike and exploring Scotland, but there’s nothing more important than returning home to your loved ones safe and well.

“Every road user needs to play their part.”