Be safe, be seen, be green

PUBLISHED: 15:16 28 October 2008 | UPDATED: 09:54 10 June 2010

WITH the end of British Summer Time and the clocks going back last Sunday, Devon County Council is highlighting the importance of being seen when using Devon's roads, especially at night and in conditions with limited visibility.

WITH the end of British Summer Time and the clocks going back last Sunday, Devon County Council is highlighting the importance of being seen when using Devon's roads, especially at night and in conditions with limited visibility.

The county council's road safety team wants to remind walkers, cyclists and horse riders to wear light-coloured clothing to help drivers to see you if weather conditions and light become poor.

From October to December last year, one pedestrian was killed and 13 pedestrians, including three children, were seriously injured on Devon's roads. No cyclists were killed during that same period, but four cyclists were seriously injured, including one child.

The county council says all road users should keep a look out for other road users and take care, particularly if there are fallen leaves or icy conditions. Other advice includes:

Walkers should use marked crossing points on roads where they can, although they do not have right of way over traffic unless they are on a zebra or light controlled crossing.

Cyclists must comply with the law by using a white front light, a red back light and a red reflector at the back.

Horse riders should select crossing points very carefully and show courtesy to drivers who have slowed down for them.

Drivers on rural Devon's roads should travel at an appropriate, lower speed for the conditions and look out for and give space to walkers, cyclists and horse riders. Check your "blind-spot" before changing course or direction as there could be a motorcyclist alongside you.

For more information, or to buy Vizi-Straps for bags, rucksacks, or dogs, or fluorescent and reflective waistcoats for adults and children, contact the Road Safety Help Desk on 0845 155 1004 or email rshelp@devon.gov.uk.

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