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Operation Zenith - Promoting Motorcycle Safety
Nationwide roll out for Operation Zenith
The Operation Zenith model of motorcycle safety campaigns is to be rolled out across Scotland following its success in engaging with motorcyclists in the north-east of Scotland.
The scheme aims to reduce the number of collisions involving motorcyclists on Grampian's roads, by adopting an innovative multi-agency approach to raising awareness of motorcycle safety.
The last four years of Operation Zenith has already seen a steady reduction in the number of injury collisions involving motorcycles in Grampian and the campaign looks set to reach its target of a 15% reduction since 2009.
While this is the last year of the initial Operation Zenith campaign, partners are committed to continuing the campaign and are already in discussions about what form it will take in the future.
Police Scotland is adopting the Operation Zenith approach of engaging motorcyclists in a two-way dialogue, raising awareness of safety issues as well as a continued focus on enforcement of criminal behaviour, and the model will be adopted by police divisions across Scotland.
In the north-east Operation Zenith will this year host a number of exciting events to raise awareness of issues affecting bikers on roads in Aberdeen City, Shire and Moray.
Over the summer, police bikers will continue to speak to bikers using the most popular routes, offering advice and handing out a few freebies. A number of ride out events, giving bikers the chance to experience some of Grampian's greatest roads and get safety tips from expertly-trained police riders will be held through the summer.
One-day motorcycle training sessions, entitled Be A Better Biker, run by Operation Zenith in partnership with the Institute of Advanced Motorists (IAM) will be held following the success of the pilot scheme last year.
Operation Zenith is also planning an event later in the year offering manoeuvrability training on the track, a ride out with trained motorcyclists and a raffle for some top motorcycle prizes.
The safety campaign will also have a presence at this year's Wheels 2014 event at the AECC at the end of the month and Grampian Motorcycle Convention in September.
Chair of Aberdeenshire Council's Infrastructure Services Committee, Councillor Peter Argyle, said:
"When Operation Zenith launched it was an innovative approach to motorcycle safety, working with motorbikers and partners to raise awareness of safety issues in the north-east of Scotland.
Now in its fourth year, Operation Zenith is a partnership with Aberdeen City, Shire and Moray Councils, Police Scotland, the North Safety Camera Unit, Community Safety Partnerships, the Scottish Ambulance Service, local motorcycle groups, Transport Scotland, BEAR Scotland and the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service.
Chief Inspector Derek Hiley, of Aberdeenshire and Moray Division, Police Scotland, said:
"Operation Zenith has been highly successful since its inception five years ago. We have seen a steady reduction in the number of injury collisions involving motorcycles.
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