Police issue motorbike warning in Dumfries and Galloway
Thousands of motorbikes are expected to travel through Dumfries and Galloway this week, ahead of a major road race in Northern Ireland.
Police Scotland has issued a warning to road users to take extra care as riders make their way to the annual North West 200 motorbike race in Coleraine.
About 3,500 bikers are likely to use the A75 and A77 to travel to the ferry port at Cairnryan, police said.
They warned that many will travel in groups and will be easy to spot.
However, single bikes can suddenly appear and be difficult to see at times.
Sgt Billy McEwan, of the road policing unit said bikes are likely to start travelling on Wednesday, building up to the race on Saturday.
They will return through the region on Sunday and Monday.
He added: "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.
"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 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.
"We will have an increased road presence during this time, including Police Scotland motorcycle patrols and will focus on accident hotspots and promoting responsible driver and rider behaviour."