South Scotland

North West 200 appeal to Dumfries and Galloway drivers

Image caption Thousands of bikers are expected to travel through Dumfries and Galloway to the event

Police have warned drivers in southern Scotland to expect high numbers of motorbikes on the roads ahead of the North West 200 in Northern Ireland.

The road race takes place in Coleraine on Saturday with about 3,500 bikers due to travel via Dumfries and Galloway.

The A75 and A77 are expected to be particularly busy as people head to ferry ports at Stranraer and Cairnryan.

Police said high numbers of motorbikes could be expected from Wednesday through to Monday.

Sgt Billy McEwan said: "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."

He said Dumfries and Galloway Constabulary would have an increased road presence as bikers travelled to and from the event in Northern Ireland.

He said police efforts would "focus on accident hotspots and promoting responsible driver and rider behaviour".

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