As the clocks go back and the evenings become longer Rosie Cooper is reminding West Lancashire residents, especially children and parents of the importance of being safe and being seen on the winter roads.
Rosie said: “With the return of long winter nights, our children face greater risks on our roads and it’s even more important to remember the importance of basic road safety and the message ‘Be Safe, Be Seen’. The number of children killed or injured on our roads is coming down each year, but we can’t afford to be complacent”.
“My top tips this winter for being safe on the roads are”:
• In bad weather, make sure that drivers can see you by wearing bright or fluorescent clothing.
• Always wear something reflective when out in the dark evenings
• Make sure you find a safe place to cross the road and always remember to stop, look and listen.
• If you’re out at night, choose routes that are well-lit by street lights and cross the road at well-lit places.
Children in Year One will once again all be receiving reflectors through Nationwide Building Society’s Cats’ Eyes for Kids scheme and should wear them all winter-children wearing a reflector may be up to eight times safer than without. Over 1 million reflectors teaching packs will be sent out to new primary school pupils this October and November.
Nationwide has been supporting the government’s successful campaign to reduce the number of child casualties. They are also encouraging children who have received reflectors in the past six years to use them again this winter.