Be seen and be safe as winter approaches

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AS British Summertime officially ends on this Sunday, Road Safety Officers at Warwickshire County Council (WCC) are reminding people to be seen to stay safe.

WCC is supporting the Government’s THINK! campaign by warning pedestrians and cyclists in the county to lighten up to be safe when out and about on or near roads.

Statistics show that the road casualties increase in number each Autumn, when the clocks go back. Last year more collisions were recorded in November than any other month.

As a pedestrian, being visible is easy to achieve.

Attaching reflective strips and accessories to clothing, wearing light coloured coats and outer clothing, or carrying white or bright coloured bags, could help to save lives. Cyclists should ensure that they correctly fit lights and check they work properly every time they ride.

Parents should make sure that children who go out in the dark are properly dressed in bright and reflective clothing. Road Safety Officers have issued some tips to help people stay visible:

*Make sure you can be easily seen, especially at night, on dark days and in bad weather.

*Bright or fluorescent clothes show up best by day, especially in dull or misty weather.

*By night, reflective material is best and shows up in car headlights - fluorescent clothing doesn’t work after dark.

*Reflective tape can be put on clothing, school bags and equipment.

*It is an offence to cycle at night without a white front light, a red back light and a red reflector at the back, so make sure all bikes are properly equipped and working.

*Cross the road at the safest place possible. e.g. zebra, pelican, puffin and patrolled crossings.

*Use the Green Cross Code: Stop, Look, Listen.

*If you are out at night, choose routes that are well-lit by streetlights and cross at well-lit places.

Warwickshire County Councillor Richard Hobbs, Portfolio Holder for Community Protection said: “With darker mornings and evenings, there is an increased risk to all road users. Every year in Britain, people are being killed or seriously injured simply because they could not be seen by drivers. We hope this advice will encourage them to THINK! about making themselves more visible to road users.”