Dark nights bring advice from police

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CYCLISTS are being targeted in a campaign to make sure they are seen with the coming of darker nights.

A campaign involving Safer Neighbourhood teams in Mid Suffolk, Babergh and Brandon will see officers stopping cyclists who are not wearing high visibility clothing or who do not have adequate lighting.

Postcards containing information about the law regarding cycle lights and the opportunity to enter a prize draw to win a be Seen, Be Safe cycle kit will be handed out.

Chief Inspector Kerry Cutler of the Community Safety Unit said: “This campaign will be conducted to help cyclists stay safe while riding in the community. Suffolk Police is committed to keeping cyclists safe and this kind of pro-active work is a good example of this commitment.

“People don’t realise that by not making themselves visible to other road users they are causing a danger not only to themselves, but also to pedestrians and motorists.

“We frequently receive reports, particularly in rural areas of cyclists riding without lights after dark. The purpose of the initiative is to work with the cyclists to reduce the risk of injury and to educate them about the dangers of riding at night or in poor visibility without lights.”

Police are reminding cyclists to wear reflective and fluorescent clothing as the winter nights draw in, but also urging car drivers to be cautious and look out for all other road users especially at night and in conditions of limited visibility.

Police are also warning people that with the clocks going back this weekend they also need to safeguard their homes.

People need to ensure doors and windows are secure and to leave a light on which can deter would be burglars.

Ch Insp Cutler said: ““Leaving a light on costs literally pence in electricity – and that pales into insignificance compared to the hundreds of pounds in insurance excess you might have to pay.”