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Wirral schoolchildren urged to brighten up and spread road safety message
11:15am Tuesday 29th October 2013 in News
WIRRAL school children are being encouraged to dress in their brightest, most eye-catching colourful clothing this week to highlight the importance of being seen when darkness descends.
With the clocks 'falling' back at the weekend, the dark nights draw in, which is why road safety officers in Wirral have designated November 1 as "Day-Glow Friday."
Pupils at participating schools are urged to come to class wearing colourful tops, fluorescent socks, glowing hair-bands, bright laces or reflective trainers – in fact anything that will make them easier to be spotted when the light fades.
Every year people are killed or seriously injured simply because they could not be seen by drivers.
Not only does it get darker earlier at this time of year, invariably the weather conditions add to the problems.
In addition to wearing high-visibility clothing or accessories, such as reflective vests or bands, people are also urged to take extra care crossing the roads in darkness and to use pedestrian crossings wherever possible, or at least cross near a street light.
It is not just pedestrians that need to be lit up, dog walkers can also get accessories for pets too to ensure they can be seen on dark nights.
Road safety officers are also keen to remind cyclists that the darkness increases their vulnerability out on the road too.
Their bikes have to, by law, have a white front light a rear red light and a rear red reflector.
Councillor Harry Smith, cabinet member for highways, said young people can be particularly vulnerable going to and from school at this time of year.
He added: "Day-Glow Friday is designed to make children and parents think about the importance of being visible to other people on the walk home from school.
"We hope they take that 'be bright, be seen' message with them throughout the winter months.
"Even if school uniforms aren’t especially bright, parents can buy special high-visibility tabards from many retailers, or even get fluorescent bands to wear over coats or other clothing.
"School bags in bright colours or with high-visibility strips are another alternative – and if none of these appeal, then you can buy stickers to go on bags or coats which will also help visibility."
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