Police are appealing for drivers in Galloway to take extra care on the roads as around 3500 motorcycles are expected to travel across the region to attend an annual event in Northern Ireland over the coming week.
The annual North West 200 motorcycle road race will take place in Coleraine, Northern Ireland, on Saturday May 17 and bikers attending are expected to use the region’s roads, particularly the A75 and A77 trunk roads, as the riders travel to the ferry port at Cairnryan to attend the event and then return home.
The roads are expected to seee high numbers of bike from Tuesday May 13 right through to Monday May 19. Generally, the motorcyclists travel in groups and therefore are fairly easy to spot, however police say motorists should be aware that single bikes can suddenly appear and can be difficult to see at times - especially in poor weather.
Sergeant Billy McEwan from the Road Policing Unit said: “A policing plan has been developed over the years to assist the motorcyclists to pass safely through our region and it has proved very successful over the years. Once again we will put this plan into operation which will mean increased police patrols all along the A75 and on the A77 roads. One issue this year is that over the weekend Saturday 17/Sunday 18 May, the A75 road east of Annan will be closed for re-surfacing work. Traffic will be re-routed through Rigg, Eastriggs and Dornock and extra policing patrols will be deployed in this area to deal with any matters that may arise through this period.
“A common cause of motorcycle crashes is the so-called T-boning of the motorcycle by drivers who either pull out of a junction in front of, or across the path of an oncoming bike to turn right. These collisions could be avoided by drivers taking more care. Drivers should also remember that motorcyclists are much more vulnerable than drivers, especially in wet conditions. A driver may walk away from a crash that a motorcyclist would not.”