May 23 2013 Latest news:
Saturday, October 27, 2012
THE clocks go back this weekend and road safety chiefs have urged cyclists, pedestrians and drivers to take extra care in darker conditions.
British Summer Time ends at 2am on Sunday, when the clocks will be put back one hour.
The change has prompted road safety officers from Cambridgeshire County Council to support the THINK! campaign for caution on the roads.
The campaign’s advice includes:
* Bright or fluorescent clothes show up best by day, but at night wear reflective material which shows up in car headlights.
* Reflective badges, stickers or tape can be put on school bags, clothing or equipment during winter months.
* Always ensure bicycle lights are in good condition and switched on.
* Take extra time when crossing the road to check the traffic and always use the Green Cross Code – Stop, Look and Listen.
Drivers are urged to take extra care and to ensure their lights are working property and windows are clean and clear.
Primary schools across the county have already been sent ‘Be Bright Be Seen’ posters to alert students to the increased danger on the road during the winter.
For more information on the THINK! Campaign, go to: http://www.dft.gov.uk/think/
Meanwhile, Cambridgeshire Fire and Rescue Service are urging people to test their smoke alarms at the same time as they change their clocks.
Andy Tucker, risk manager, said: “Everyone soon notices when a clock stops ticking, but it’s not so easy to be sure that your smoke alarm is still in working order.
“Whether the battery is flat, has been used for a kid’s toy or the connection is loose, everyone should take the time to test.
“You’re more than four times as likely to die in a fire without a working smoke alarm, but only half of people who own an alarm say they take the time to check it regularly.
“We’re all looking forward to getting that extra hour’s sleep at the end of British Summer Time, but knowing that your smoke alarm is in working order could help you sleep that little bit better.
“As you put your clocks back on the 28 or 29, remember to also push the button on your smoke alarm – it could save your life.”