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Police / Police offer refinement course for local motorcyclists

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MOTORCYCLISTS from across the islands are invited to consider putting their name forward for a one-day rider refinement course hosted by Police Scotland.

The course will take place on Friday 21 June and will be delivered by two officers from the road policing unit who will be in Shetland for the Simmer Dim rally.

The course aims to raise awareness of the importance of road safety and make riders think of the personal consequences of taking risks.

This involves demonstration rides, observed rides with feedback from officers, vehicle examination checks of riders’ bikes and safety checks that should be carried out before any journey.

Chief inspector Stuart Clemenson said: “Rider Refinement North is the only course of its kind being offered in Scotland and I hope that it will continue to attract riders who recognise this course as a gateway to more advanced motorcycling.

The local area commander added: “A significant number of fatal collisions in the north area of the country involve motorcyclists.

“Shetland has not been affected by a motorcyclist’s death since 2017, however we have tragically lost two separate members of our community over the last six months and my teams have attended a number of motorcycle related incidents, so any training such as this can only be a positive step and I would encourage everyone to attend.”

Inspector Scott Deans from road policing added that previous courses received positive feedback from riders who changed their riding style and improved their skills as a result of attending the rider refinement course.

The cost of the course is £40 per rider and including lunch. Anyone interested in attending is asked to contact police by email  operationriderrefinementnorth@scotland.police.uk

Joining forces with police on this initiative are Road Safety Scotland, IAM RoadSmart, Scottish Fire and Rescue Service, Transport Scotland and Shetland Islands Council.

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