Bike safety warn­ing

Rutherglen Reformer - - Motors -

Safety and break­down or­gan­i­sa­tion GEM Mo­tor­ing As­sist is en­cour­ag­ing driv­ers to take ex­tra care at junc­tions, in an at­tempt to re­duce col­li­sions with mo­tor­cy­clists.

GEM road safety of­fi­cer Neil Worth said:“Around 30 mo­tor­cy­clists are killed or in­jured ev­ery day at junc­tions, usu­ally be­cause of a driver ob­ser­va­tion er­ror which some years ago picked up the nick­name‘SMIDSY’– sorry mate, I didn’t see you.

“Ex­perts point out that as driv­ers we’re not very good at iden­ti­fy­ing mo­tor­cy­clists be­cause they oc­cupy such a small part of our field of vi­sion.

“What’s more, if we’re not ex­pect­ing to see one, then the chance of spot­ting one com­ing to­wards us is fur­ther re­duced, and the risk of a col­li­sion is greatly in­creased.

“As the weather warms up, and many roads be­come busier with week­end rid­ers, let’s make a point of look­ing out for them.

“In do­ing so, we will be greatly re­duc­ing this risk, and help­ing them to be less vul­ner­a­ble on their jour­neys.”

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