A new motorbike safety scheme has been launched in the north-east.
The training initative, thought to be the only one of its kind being offered in Scotland, will run in Grampian, Tayside and the Highlands and islands.
It comes after 12 fatalities throughout the north of Scotland from April to October last year, and 190 crashes involving an injury in 2016.
The scheme, called the Rider Refinement North training course, is part-funded by Transport Scotland’s Road Safety Framework Fund, and has been developed by a range of organisations.
It will run on 21 dates from May to October, and will cost £30 per person.
Road policing chief inspector Stewart Mackie said: “It’s a motorcycle initiative aimed at improving rider skills and enhancing safety across the north of Scotland.
“It’s a one-day course where we hope members of the public will come along. They will be taken out by police motorcyclists and given tips on how to improve their skills.
“Hopefully those who attend will take the opportunity to take part in further advance training.
“Motorcyclists in the 40-60 age group statistically in the north have a higher casualty rate. This is to refresh their skills and signpost them to further advance training, but we’re looking for a range of motorcyclists to come.
“All too often in the north of Scotland my officers are attending serious and fatal road traffic collisions involving motorcyclists. We’ve got fabulous scenery here, fantastic roads and we want people to use them – but we want people to use them safely.”
Ian Wallace, road casualty reduction strategy co-ordinator at Aberdeenshire Council, said: “Motorcycle casualties are one of the few groups that every year we can anticipate there will be a rise in casualty numbers between May and September.”
The course will run in Inverurie on May 19, 20, July 7 and 8 and August 4 and 5. It will also visit Elgin on September 8.
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