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Be safe, be seen this Winter 22 October 2007

The Department of Transport Road Safety Unit and the Isle of Man Constabulary have launched their new ‘Be safe, be seen’ campaign this morning at the Creg-ny-Baa.

The campaign has been designed to highlight the importance of ensuring that both pedestrians and motorists are highly visible when they are out and about on dark nights and gloomy winter days. The images used in the campaign show a pedestrian walking along a dark and gloomy road wearing dark clothing and a motorist driving in the opposite direction with dimmed headlights. The image is used to demonstrate how important bright clothing and headlights can be in preventing accidents and pedestrian injury.

Tim Crookall MHK, Member for Highways said:

’With the clocks going back next weekend it serves as a reminder to make sure that you check your car’s lights are working, replacing any faulty bulbs and wear bright and reflective clothing when out walking or cycling.’

Road Safety Manager Gordon Edwards added:

‘The images used for this campaign show just how difficult it can be for a driver to see a pedestrian in poor conditions, make sure that you are bright and visible to other road users during the dark winter months.’

Pedestrians are advised to wear bright or fluorescent clothing on gloomy days and reflective clothing at night. Cyclists are reminded that they are required to have a red back light, white front light and a red rear reflector on their bikes and also wear bright and reflective clothing to ensure that they are visible to other motorists.

The ‘Be safe, be seen’ campaign is being run in conjunction with the Isle of Man Constabulary who will be carrying out random spot checks on cars throughout the Island over the coming weeks to check for faulty lights.

Inspector Derek Flint of the Roads Policing Unit said:

‘A quick check of your vehicle might save you being pulled in by the police and vehicle examiner and ultimately may save someone’s life, which is what it’s all about.’

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