Highlands & Islands

Police safety drive after biker Matt Campbell's death

Matt Campbell
Image caption Matt Campbell was a motorcycle training instructor

Family and friends of a motorcycle instructor killed in a crash have joined police to launch a safety drive.

Matt Campbell, 35, from Inverness, died in October last year following a collision involving a number of vehicles on the A82 near Drumnadrochit.

His partner, Jenna Sutherland, was among those who backed a Northern Constabulary safety leaflet, after fundraising efforts in his memory.

She said of the Bikesafe campaign: "It could save your life."

The launch took place during a mass ride-out organised by Mr Campbell's friends and family.

Money which has been raised went towards the new leaflet, and a new laptop computer for educational work.

Pc John Hier, Bikesafe co-ordinator within the force's road policing unit, said: "We are grateful to Matt's family, friends and colleagues for their kind donation which will help us promote safer riding and improve the delivery of the Bikesafe programme by allowing us to take it to the public.

"Bikesafe is a free and invaluable programme which is available to all motorcyclists, regardless of their ability. Even if you are an experienced rider it's important to remember that you never stop learning."

Image caption Matt Campbell's partner Jenna Sutherland joined forces with police

Matt's partner added: "We are delighted that the money raised is being put towards something which will hopefully prevent further motorcycle casualties.

"Matt dedicated his career to training new bikers and I know he would be delighted that his family and friends were working with the police to try and reduce serious and fatal road accidents across the Highlands and Islands.

"We would encourage all motorcyclists to sign up to the Bikesafe scheme."

Mr Campbell was with his brother Graham when the accident happened about five miles south of Urquhart Castle.

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