Police warning to motorcyclists

Police are reminding all motorcyclists to ensure they take all preventative measures and make sure they use all the appropriate safety clothing following two recent serious accidents.

The first collision occurred on the B6357 on Wednesday, June 18 at around 6.00pm and involved a silver Audi and a blue Suzuki V-Strom motorcycle. The local 63-year-old local male rider sustained serious injuries in the collision and was taken to Glasgow Royal Infirmary to receive treatment. His current condition is described as critical but stable.

The second collision occurred on the B725 near Bankend on Thursday, June 19 at around 5.30pm and involved a green tractor and a black Honda motorcycle. The 34-year-old local male rider sustained several serious injuries and was taken to DGRI to receive treatment.

Inspector Neil Hewitson from the Roads Policing Unit said: “We realise the good weather encourages riders to go out on their bikes more however safety has to be the first thing that anyone thinks of.

“Do not be reckless when putting on your clothing, helmet, footwear and other equipment. Make sure you are dressed and prepared accordingly.

“We understand that the warm weather might make these protective clothing hot and uncomfortable but at the end of the day they are designed to save your life.

“It should be a no brainer really. Put up with a little discomfort in return for your safety and protection. It is a risk that no one needs to take.”