Stay safe on the roads

PUBLISHED: 10:55 26 October 2007 | UPDATED: 13:01 04 May 2010

AS the nights draw in police are urging motorists to stay safe on Cambridgeshire s roads.

This year has seen an increase in the number of fatalities on the county s roads, with 66 people suffering fatal injuries during collisions.

Officers are urging the

AS the nights draw in police are urging motorists to stay safe on Cambridgeshire's roads.

This year has seen an increase in the number of fatalities on the county's roads, with 66 people suffering fatal injuries during collisions.

Officers are urging the more vulnerable road users such as cyclists, pedestrians and motorcyclists to take care when using the roads.

PC Tony Barrios, casualty reduction officer, said: "It is especially important to consider road safety at this time of year. As the nights draw in cyclists and pedestrians are more vulnerable.

"It is therefore vital that drivers consider the needs of more vulnerable road users by reducing speed and allowing extra space when passing pedestrians and cyclists.

"Cyclists are reminded that it is a criminal offence to ride a bike at night without lights and that failing to comply with this law not only puts the cyclist at risk but also the lives of others.

"It is vital that motorists drive to the condition of the road and take into account the change in weather, reducing speed and increasing distances when it is wet or icy."

Police are urging pedestrians and cyclists to:

* Wear bright clothing, preferably high visibility clothing.

* Make sure that lights are attached to the front and back of your bikes - 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 when on a bike.

* Obey the Highway Code.

* When walking on a road, always walk towards the traffic

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