“Be safe, be seen” - road safety campaign launched

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“Be SAFE, be seen”, that’s the message from Cambridgeshire police as they launch a month long visibility campaign.

The action is part of the November ‘Think’ campaign and will see officers targeting vehicle defects that impact on their visibility and cyclists without lights.

Officers will increase patrols in the county to target offences such as no lights and obscured windscreens and numberplates.

Sergeant Gordon Murray said: “The winter months pose more driving hazards for all road users and it is vital that people take sensible precautions to reduce the risk of being involved in a collision.

“Our message is simple – ‘be safe, be seen’ – whether you are a pedestrian, cyclist or motorist, everyone has a part to play.

“During our month of action we will be targeting those flouting the laws in relation to visibility and vehicles and cycle defects that could put themselves and others at risk.”

By following the road safety rules below, pedestrians and cyclists can significantly reduce the risk of being involved in a collision:

· Wear bright clothing, preferably high-visibility clothing, to ensure that you can be seen.

· Make sure you have lights on the front and rear of your bike – it is illegal to ride in the dark without them.

· Stay alert and aware of what is going on around you.

· Always wear a cycle helmet; it could save your life.

· Obey the Highway Code.

· When walking on a carriageway, always face oncoming traffic.

By following the road safety rules below, motorists can significantly reduce the risk of being involved in a collision:

· Adapt your driving to the weather conditions. If it is icy, there is snow or heavy rain, reduce your speed.

· Drive to the weather conditions of the road.

· Drivers should remain alert and aware of vulnerable road users at all times.

· Keep lights, mirrors and windows clean and clear of obstructions.

· Ensure your tyres have enough sufficient tread and the pressure is correct.

· Always wear a seatbelt.