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Be Safe Be Seen 21 October 2005

    Be Seen

    The Department of Transport and the Police launch the Be Safe Be Seen campaign. The end of October see the clocks go back, and as winter approaches, the onset of dark mornings and evenings.

    This campaign aims to highlight the importance of being visible as a road user throughout the winter months to increase your safety. This includes pedestrians, cyclists and all other vehicles.

    Motorists should check their lights to ensure that they are clean and working. Lights that are not adjusted properly can dazzle other road users, and in turn this may cause an accident. Fog lights must only be used when visibility is seriously reduced.

    Michelle Flanagan, Acting Road Safety Manager said,

    “Pedestrians and cyclists are particularly vulnerable road users. You need to make sure you can be seen clearly in dark conditions and bad weather. Try to make sure you and your children wear fluorescent clothing for the daytime and reflective clothing at night for maximum visibility. When using a bike make sure that it has lights fitted to the front and rear so other traffic can see you.”

    Sergeant Martin Birchenough said,

    “Vehicle drivers should take the time to check the lights on their vehicles to ensure that they are all working, aligned correctly and in good condition.”

    In addition to the media campaign, the Department of Transport and Police will be out and about on the Island’s roads conducting light and tyre checks from 31st October 2005 for five days during the hours of darkness.

    Be Safe Be Seen – Top Tips for Kids

    • 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, even in dull or misty weather.
    • In the dark, reflective material is best and shows up in car headlights – remember fluorescent clothing doesn’t work after dark. You can put reflective tape on your coat or school bag to help you to be seen by drivers.
    • It is against the law to cycle at night without a white front light, a red back light and a red reflector at the back, so make sure that your bike is properly equipped and working. And remember always wear a helmet.
    • Cross the road at the safest place possible e.g. zebra, pelican, puffin crossings and lollipop people. Remember to use the Green Cross Code – Stop, Look, Listen and Think.
    • If you’re out at night, choose routes that are well-lit by street lights and cross the road at well-lit places.
    • If there is no pavement and you have to walk on the road, always face the oncoming traffic – this is particularly important in poor light or in the dark.
    • Visit www.hedgehogs.gov.uk for more information.

    21st October 2005

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