On the Beat: Be a good neighbour and motorist

Chief Inspector Kenny Simpson
Chief Inspector Kenny Simpson

Chief Inspector Kenny Simpson: “Well Spring has arrived and those fortunate enough to be off over Easter certainly benefited from nice warm weather.

“Easter Sunday saw our first real taste of hot and sunny weather, bringing with it a rise in alcohol-related calls. Thankfully, nothing too serious, however, warm weather and over indulgence in alcohol is never a good mix. I would also urge those who host BBQ’s/garden parties to be mindful of the noise levels and comply with neighbours if they ask for music or voices to be lowered. “This good neighbour approach would negate calls to the police, allowing us to target our officers at the local priorities you have identified in your communities.

“Being on duty over the Easter weekend, I also noted the huge increase of motor bikers on our roads. Motor biking continues to grow in popularity and must be good for the local economy with vast numbers of motor bikers from other areas stopping off at cafes/shops as part of their journeys. Motor bikers account for a disproportionate amount of fatal or seriously injured road accidents. Whilst many are the responsibility of the cyclist, others are caused by fellow motorists failing to observe them on the road.

“I would urge all motorists to be vigilant for motor bikers and afford them the courtesy of the road that they are entitled. Over the summer months, I will be enlisting the assistance of our specialist road policing motorcyclists to assist in patrolling our roads within Midlothian.

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