Police in Angus have issued advice to road users as part of a Winter Road Safety initiative.
The darker nights can provide a number of challenges to our communities and pedestrians should try to stick to well lit areas wherever possible, don’t wear dark coloured clothing if possible. Fluorescent is ideal during the day and reflective clothing at night. If you don’t have fluorescent consider wearing very light coloured clothes. Always be aware of your surroundings and be alert at all times to vehicles and cyclists.
Cyclists should not wear dark clothing and fluorescent is ideal during the day and reflective clothing should be used at night, if not available please wear light coloured clothes. Make sure you have lights on your bike and they are working and you should have reflectors fitted (red at the back, white and front and amber on the pedals). Also, make sure the reflectors can be seen and aren’t covered by bags, coats or overhanging clothes and are kept clean. Always be aware of your surroundings and other vehicles on the road.
Ensure you and your children if they use bicycles have them maintained and serviced and follow the safety rules above. Often a number of incidents are reported relating to children not using lights at this time of year particularly in the mornings. Cyclists should consider their safety and reduce the risk of being an unnecessary casualty.
Motorcyclists should also consider wearing something fluorescent during the day combined with reflective detailing for riding at night If visibility is poor, use your headlights, even in daylight. Helmets sold in the UK must satisfy either British Standard 6658: 1985 or ECE Regulation 22.05 standards. Look for a label inside the helmet or on the shell to confirm this. Use a clear visor or goggles with the BS4110 mark or the EC Regulation 22 type 05 mark. Make sure your visor/goggles are clean and not fogged up (use an anti fog treatment) or scratched or marked as this impairs your vision.
Drivers also have their responsibilities to ensure they are keeping themselves, other road users and pedestrians safe. If visibility is poor, use your headlights, even in daylight. Don’t drive with windows misted up, wait a few minutes for your windscreen and windows to clear. Take time to clear any ice or snow from ALL your windows before driving off. Make sure your lights are clean; grime or mud can reduce their brightness. Check all your lights at least once a week and replace “blown” bulbs immediately.
Chief Inspector Gordon Milne, Local Area Commander for Angus said: “Police Scotland strives to keep people safe within our communities. Please take a few moments to consider your safety when out and about or on our roads. The message is very simple ‘be seen be safe’.”
If you have any information you think may be useful to the Police telephone 101 or in an emergency 999. You can provide anonymous information to the charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.