Top cop’s ap­peal to bik­ers

Stay safe in last days of sum­mer

Rutherglen Reformer - - News - Niki Ten­nant

A plea has gone out to bik­ers to take ex­tra care on the roads in the last few weeks of sum­mer, fol­low­ing the re­cent death of a Cam­bus­lang mo­tor­cy­clist.

The Re­former re­ported last week how 150 bik­ers lined the streets of Half­way as Ray­mond Bar­rett was laid to rest.

Hugely pop­u­lar dad-of-five Ray­mond ( 56) trag­i­cally died last month in a mo­tor­cy­cle smash.

He is one of four mo­tor­cy­clists to have lost their lives on Scot­land’s roads re­cently, although there is no ques­tion of fault in Ray’s case.

Chief Su­per­in­ten­dent Iain Mur­ray, an en­thu­si­as­tic and ex­pe­ri­enced biker, said: “I want ev­ery­one to en­joy our scenic routes safely, no mat­ter what mode of trans­port you are us­ing.

“As we come to the end of the mo­tor­cy­cling sea­son, and bik­ers try to make the most of the re­main­ing dry days, I am urg­ing bik­ers to re­mem­ber sim­ple tips to keep safe, such as remembering that it only takes one small lapse in at­ten­tion to find your speed has crept up, or a bend is sharper than you ini­tially thought.

“All bik­ers, in­deed all road users, should think about their rid­ing and driv­ing and be mind­ful of the road con­di­tions and other ve­hi­cles.

“Road Polic­ing of­fi­cers in marked and un­marked ve­hi­cles will be joined by col­leagues on our po­lice mo­tor­bikes, to stop and speak to riders and give ad­vice like tak­ing ex­tra care on left-hand bends and stay­ing alert to the speed of the ve­hi­cle in front of you. We’ll also have safety cam­era vans in key lo­ca­tions to re­mind all road users to watch their speed and en­force the law where needed.”

Tragedy Ray­mond Bar­rett from Cam­bus­lang

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