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Be Safe be Seen

Published Monday, 21 October 2013

The clocks are due to go back on October 27 and as the winter nights draw in, Enfield Council is launching a campaign to remind people to stay safe on the roads.

With pedestrians and cyclists becoming less visible to motorists, Enfield Council has launched the Be Safe Be Seen campaign to urge children and adults to stay safe by wearing fluorescent clothes in the day and reflective clothing in the dark. It is also urging drivers to take extra care while driving in poor visibility, including at night.

Cabinet Member for Environment, Cllr Chris Bond, says: “We’re determined to reduce the number of accidents on our roads and this campaign is about reminding people to wear reflective or fluorescent clothing as the winter nights draw in, so they are easily visible.

“We’re also warning motorists to drive sensibly and bear road conditions in mind while they are driving, especially when visibility is poor. Accidents have been known to rise during the winter months and if we can stop one child from being seriously injured or killed as a result of people changing their behaviour on the roads, this campaign will be a success.”

 Here are some useful tips to ensure you are safe: • Make sure you can be easily seen, especially at night, on dark days and in bad 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 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.
•Cross the road at the safest place possible e.g. zebra, pelican and patrolled crossings. Remember to use the Green Cross Code: Stop, Look, Listen, Live.
•If you're out at night, choose routes that are well-lit by streetlights 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.
•Find out about 'walking buses' where children walk in groups and are more visible by contacting your child's school or your local council.

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