Warning over darker nights

Road Policing Sergeant Steve Hardman (centre) launches the Drive Drink Free campaign with the help of Carol Bracegirdle and Cllr Fred Jackson of Blackpool Council

Road Policing Sergeant Steve Hardman (centre) launches the Drive Drink Free campaign with the help of Carol Bracegirdle and Cllr Fred Jackson of Blackpool Council

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STAND out and stay safe on the roads as the dark nights draw in.

STAND out and stay safe on the roads as the dark nights draw in.

That’s the message from Blackpool Council’s Road Safety team ahead of the clocks going back this weekend.

This week the Government has launched its new Think! Road safety campaign on TV and in cinemas with the aim of cutting road deaths in Lancashire.

And Blackpool Council is spreading the safety message too as it begins a programme of school visits across the resort.

Carol Bracegirdle, travel and road safety manager, said:

“Unfortunately, it is common to see more children injured on the road at this time of year.

“Teenagers are the main risk group, but everybody needs to be aware of how important wearing bright clothing is in the winter months.

“Everybody wears dark clothing at this time of year, but it is vital you are seen by car drivers.

“Fluorescent colours are great in the day, but these don’t work at night, you need something that will be picked up by car headlights.

“Something reflective is perfect and wearing something white also increases your chances of being seen.”

Road safety staff will be touring primary and secondary schools in the coming weeks encouraging children to wear dazzling clothes.

Find road safety tips at www.direct.gov.uk/talesoftheroad.