North West 200 safety warning from police

Around 100,000 visitors are expected at the North West 200
Around 100,000 visitors are expected at the North West 200

The PSNI has urged motorcyclists not to get caught up in the excitement of the North West 200 and try to emulate any of the racers.

Inspector John Millar said it was simply not sensible or safe to do so.

Road policing units across the Province will be stepping up their patrols this week ahead of the world-renowned international road race at the weekend.

Around 100,000 visitors to the Coleraine, Portstewart and Portrush areas are expected from Tuesday through to Saturday.

Insp Millar warned motorists to be more alert to the presence of bikes, saying: “We expect to see a large number of people, many on motorcycles, travelling to the north coast.

“Sadly, a number of people have lost their lives while either travelling to or from this sporting spectacular. That is why road safety has got to be everyone’s number one priority.”

He added: “Motorcyclists have a huge role to play when it comes to road safety. Use dipped headlights, day and night. Ride responsibly and don’t take foolish chances.”