Be Bright, Be Seen

Be Bright & Be Seen

 

Making sure that children are easily seen by drivers is especially important at this time of year when evenings are drawing-in.

 

Children are being urged to ‘be bright and be seen’ during the winter period.

 

Northumberland County Council's road safety team and Shanklea Primary School is supporting the Department for Transport’s THINK! road safety campaign and reminding children, parents and carers of some top tips to help them be seen when out and about on the roads.

 

Britain’s roads are among the safest in the world and the number of children killed has fallen by 82% in the past 20 years.

 

However, many children still died on our roads each year and we know we need to do more to cut this toll.

 

Making sure that children are easily seen by drivers is important all year round but especially at this time of year when evenings are getting darker.

 

Drivers and riders should also remember to keep a look out for children walking and cycling.#

 

THINK!’s top tips for making sure children are visible when out on the roads are:

 

  •          wear brightly coloured or fluorescent clothing which shows up well in daylight and at dusk
  •          if you’re out and about when it’s dark, wear reflective gear to make sure you can be seen in car headlights - reflective vests, sashes or wristbands work well. Remember, fluorescent clothing doesn’t work after dark.
  •          use accessories - even small items such as clip-on reflectors, fluorescent arm bands and stickers on your school bag are a great way to improve your visibility
  •          if you like to cycle, remember that it’s the law to have clean and working lights at night (white at the front and red at the back) as well as a rear reflector
  •          being bright isn’t the only way to stay safer - if you’re out at night, choose routes and crossing places that are well lit and remember to always use the Green Cross Code.