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RoSPA reminds drivers to look out for road users as clocks go backBack

cyclistsThe Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA) is reminding drivers to keep a close eye out for vulnerable road users and to keep to the speed limits in time for the clocks which go back this Sunday on October 27th.

Both cyclists and pedestrians are advised to “be seen and be safe” as the British Summer Time comes to an end and the colder, darker evenings draw in which can cause reduced visibility for motorists and result in an increase of accidents.

It is recommended that during the winter months, cyclists wear brightly-coloured fluorescent clothing in the daytime and reflective clothing or accessories at night. It is by law for cyclists to have their front and rear lights switched on in the dark and be fitted with reflectors.

Pedestrians, including joggers, are advised to wear bright clothing at night as motorists will struggle to see those wearing darker clothing which could be a potential hazard.

In 2012, statistics from the Department for Transport (DfT) revealed a 10 per cent rise in the number of cyclists killed on the UK’s roads, with a total 118 deaths. The number of child cyclists doubled to 13 and the number of seriously injured cyclists rose to 3,222.

The RoSPA continues to campaign for lighter evenings to prevent the increase of accidents every year during the autumn and winter months. Research conducted by the DfT has shown that around 80 deaths and at least 200 serious injuries would be prevented on Britain’s roads every year if the UK switched to Single/Double Summer Time (SDST: GMT+1 in winter / GMT+2 in summer).

Tom Mullarkey, RoSPA’s chief executive said: “Although road deaths on the whole are going down, it is a huge concern to see a rise in the number of cyclists killed on our roads, especially children.

“We urge drivers to take extra care and vulnerable road users to be seen and be safe. But we also argue that an extra hour of evening daylight could help to save lives and reduce injuries during the colder, darker months. And that is why we will continue to push for Parliament to look again at supporting a move to Single/Double Summer Time.”

To find out more about RoSPA’s campaign, and to register your support, go to the Lighter Evenings section of the website.

 

Posted by Leana Kell on 22/10/2013