Road Safety minister has warned drivers to pay more attention to road safety in darker nights as the number of serious injuries and deaths on UK roads usually increase around winter. The minister has reminded drivers to be extra vigilant as the evenings become darker and to pay attention to the roads in bad weather conditions. The minister also states that 40% of road fatalities and 33% of serious injuries on the road occurred when it was dark during 2013 and has urged drivers to adjust their speeds to suit the conditions. He also suggested that drivers consider how the poor conditions could affect other, more vulnerable road users such as pedestrians and cyclists.
Cyclists are much more difficult to see, as are motorcyclists, and drivers have also been urged to slow down around schools and school buses where there may be lots of children on and around the roads. The Police Service in Northern Ireland has recently distributed reflective badges and covers to cyclists and pedestrians and Assistant Chief Constable Alan Todd has warned road users to check their cars over to ensure they are roadworthy for the coming winter.
Winter road awareness
Paying attention to road safety in darker nights is particularly important therefore road users should strive to be more aware of their surroundings at this time of year. Potential injuries and accidents could also occur if the roads become icy or weather conditions become difficult to drive in. Taking safety precautions can help to reduce the extent of injuries should an accident occur on the road. Wearing your seatbelt at all times and strapping children into an appropriate child seat will help reduce injuries. Putting away distractions like mobile phones can also help to prevent an accident. However, if you are involved in an accident that is someone else’s fault, you may be able to make a claim for your injuries.
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Date Published: November 11, 2014
Author: David Brown