Operation Zenith reaches its Zenith

ZENITH: Road safety campaign
ZENITH: Road safety campaign

Aboyne Upper Deeside and Donside councillor, Peter Argyle has launched the final part of a five year road safety operation.

Operation Zenith launched for its fifth and final year at the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service base in Aberdeen on Friday March 14.

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 events to raise awareness of issues affecting bikers on roads in Aberdeen City, Shire and Moray.

Councillor Peter Argyle, acting in his capacity of Chair of the Infrastructure Services Committee said: “This is the fifth and final year of Operation Zenith in its current format.

“It has been a very successful campaign, as demonstrated by the reduction in collisions, injuries and fatalities among the motorcycling fraternity.

“Aberdeenshire roads are very attractive to motorcyclists and the Council welcomes them but we all have to work together to keep our roads safe for everyone.”

The campaign, which began in Aberdeenshire, is now being adopted in other areas by Police across Scotland.

There has been a downward trend in collision figures but Cllr Argyle said: “more still needs to be done” highlighting that the last two road safety education staff of Grampian Police will be transferring to the council from April 1.