Drive and ride safely say police

An accident blocked the road in Santon earlier this week

An accident blocked the road in Santon earlier this week

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Drive and ride safely and within your capabilities.

That’s the message from the police to all motorists as several thousand visitors for the Festival of Motorcycling add to the traffic on the island’s roads.

With more race fans arriving in the island ahead of the first race on Saturday, a police spokesman said: ‘Please drive and ride safely and within your capabilities.

‘Remember you should be able to stop safely on your own side of the road in the distance you can see to be clear, especially should an emergency situation arise.

‘If you couldn’t then you’re going too fast.

‘Think ahead, think what might be around the next corner and drive and ride accordingly.’

The Department of Infrastructure and Constabulary launched a joint road safety campaign ahead of the festival earlier this month.

It continues the themes highlighted during this year’s TT, with the slogan ‘Don’t bin it. For everyone’s sake slow down.’

The message ‘Don’t bin it’ is a play on the phrase used by bikers to refer to crashing. Posters feature a striking image of a motorcycle in a wheelie bin.

The campaign is also being supported by imagery, again from the TT, showing a visitor arriving in the Isle of Man on his bike but heading home on crutches, with the strapline ‘Biker to foot passenger’.

Unlike the TT period the Mountain Road remains open to two-way traffic for the duration of the Festival of Motorcycling.

Police issued a reminder this week, saying: ‘The Mountain Road remains two way for the duration of the MGP period and all normal rules of the road, including those relating to speed, remaining on the correct side of the road and double white lines still apply.’

Unmarked police cars and motorcycles are in operation.

As the first races are soon to get under way, race fans are urged to get to their spectator points in good time and avoid any last-minute rush before roads close.’

In last year’s event, visiting biker James McFarlane, 51, from Edinburgh, died in Noble’s Hospital after a collision on Central Promenade, Douglas.

There were also 11 damage-only collisions, four slight injury collisions and one serious injury.

The serious injury involved a man from Milton Keynes, who was taken to Noble’s by helicopter with leg and arm injuries, after coming off his bike at the 32nd milestone.

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