Be safe, be seen on Winter roads

With clocks going back an hour this Sunday (29 October), and the hours of darkness becoming longer, Diana Johnson MP today reminded Hull residents to 'be safe and be seen' this Winter.

The Hull North MP is particularly reminding children and parents about the basic tips for being seen on the roads throughout the Winter months. These include:

In bad weather, wear bright or fluorescent clothing.
Always wear something reflective when out in the dark evenings.
Find a safe place to cross the road and always remember to stop, look and listen.
At night, choose routes that are well-lit and cross the road at brightly-lit places.

Diana Johnson MP said: "With the return of long, dark winter nights accompanied by gloomy weather, Hull children face the greatest risks on our roads over the next five months.

"It is even more important to remember the importance of basic road safety and the message 'Be Safe, Be Seen'. The number of children killed or injured on our roads is coming down each year and in Hull we have pioneered the safer 20 mile per hour zones. However, we must never be complacent.

"Children in Year One will again be receiving reflectors through Nationwide Building Society's 'Cats' Eyes for Kids' scheme. They should wear them all winter. Children wearing a reflector may be up to eight times safer than without."

Charles Reed, Customer Service and Communications Director at Nationwide, said: "With the return of long winter nights, our children face greater risks on our roads. For the sixth year, we're delighted to support the Government's successful campaign to reduce the number of child casualties. We are also encouraging children who have received reflectors in the past five years to use them again this winter.

"As a building society, Nationwide has a long tradition of active involvement in communities throughout the UK and there can be no better way of investing in these communities than by protecting the lives of children."