Be safe, be seen
A ROAD safety message has gone out this week - Be Safe, Be Seen.
Winter is well and truly upon us and this is the time of year when drivers and road users have to be particularly vigilant.
North Yorkshire County Council’s road safety team has set out a few simple measures that people can follow to help them stay safe on the roads during the long hours of darkness. In most cases it’s about seeing and being seen.
County Councillor Gareth Dadd, North Yorkshire’s Executive Member for Road Safety said: “North Yorkshire is the largest county with the largest roads network in the country, many of them rural and unlit, so our drivers have to be particularly careful during winter months when we are all driving in the dark for longer. Our job is to keep the roads as safe as possible so we hope people will take heed of a few simple tips to get them safely through the season. It’s about seeing and being seen.”
Cars and vans should have regular checks on their lights, be kept clean and drivers should make sure they do not dazzle other road users. Carry a hi-visibility vest or jacket and put it on if you need to get out of the car in the dark. Be particularly careful when loading or unloading cars or vans during darkness. Try to park in a safe place where there is good lighting and less traffic flow. If this is not possible, keep the side and tail lights switched on to attract attention.
Motorcyclists and cyclists should assume that other road users have not seen them. Ride in a more dominant road position. Wear bright and possible reflective clothing if possible. Do not use a tinted visor at night as it will make it difficult to see pedestrians and cyclists in dark clothing.
Pedestrians should wear something bright and reflective.
In addiition to this road safety campaign there will be a drink drive campaign launched outside the Londesborough Arms in Selby on Friday December 14 at 2pm which will include an extracation exercise.
Organiser Colin Hunter explained: “We have seen a rise in fatalities in Selby district in the last 12 months and most of these are believed to have been due to the involvement of alcohol. This campaign aims to show people what can happen if they drink and drive, especially in the winter.”
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Weather for Goole
Tuesday 21 May 2013
Temperature: 8 C to 14 C
Wind Speed: 13 mph
Wind direction: North
Temperature: 4 C to 14 C
Wind Speed: 21 mph
Wind direction: North west