Newry road users urged to ‘light up for life’

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Wednesday, November 25th, 2015
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This winter the Police Service of Northern Ireland are appealing to motorists, cyclists and pedestrians to Light Up For Life during the dark winter months. traffic-1So far this year in Northern Ireland 62 people have died on our roads as a result of a road traffic collision. Newry, Mourne and Down District Commander, Superintendent Simon Walls said, “The dark nights of winter are upon us and as ever they bring dangers to road users and pedestrians. “Everyone needs to be aware of the darker mornings and the nights are drawing in earlier. It’s everyone’s responsibility to look out for each other on the roads. In particular pedestrians and cyclists need to make sure they can be seen by drivers on dark evenings. “Pedestrians out during the daytime should consider wearing brightly coloured or fluorescent clothing as it shows up well in daylight and at dusk and wear something reflective at night so you can be seen in car headlights,” he insisted. “Cross the road at pedestrian crossings whenever you can – at night if there is crossing nearby, try to cross in a well-lit place. At night if you are walking in an area which has poor lighting, it is safer to carry a torch.” Superintendent Walls added, “Cyclists need to remember that it is against the law to cycle at night without a white front light, a red backlight and red reflector at the back, so make sure they are clean and working. Always wear a helmet and reflective clothing. “Motorcyclists, while it is legal in the UK to filter through two lanes of traffic, bear in mind it will be harder for drivers to see you if you are wearing dark clothing at night. Wear reflective clothing and keep your lights on.”

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