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​Clocks To Go Back Once Again – But Road Safety Message Remains The Same

25th October 2016
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Clocks To Go Back Once Again – But Road Safety Message Remains The Same 

This year marks 100 years since the clocks went back for the first time in Britain – but traditional road safety messages still apply as the nights get darker. 

This weekend, we once again turn our clocks back at 2am on Sunday, October 30, which will officially signal the end of British Summer Time.

Councillor Kevin Greaves, Committee Chairman for Transport and Highways at Nottinghamshire County Council, said: “It’s an important time to remind everyone of road safety advice with the clocks going back this weekend as we will have darker nights for longer as we approach winter. 

“Evenings will become noticeably darker, with dusk falling as early as 4pm – just as schoolchildren are travelling home and rush hour begins. As winter progresses, it will also be dark on school journeys in the morning.” 

Via East Midlands manages highways services on behalf of Nottinghamshire County Council, and the local authority is reminding the public of the following road safety advice as part of its annual winter campaign. 

· We once again urge children to wear fluorescent or bright clothing in the daytime and reflective material at night to make them more visible to drivers. 

· At the same time, motorists are being urged to use their headlights so that not only can they see other road users but they, themselves, can be seen. Drivers are also being advised to check their lights now to ensure that they are all working properly. 

· Motorcyclists should ensure they are as visible as possible from the side as well as the front and rear, wear fluorescent/reflective clothing during the day and evening to improve their chances of being seen, keeping dipped headlights on during the day can also improve visibility. 

· Cyclists should have their front and rear lights lit, have red rear reflectors and amber pedal reflectors, and have white front reflectors and spoke reflectors. They should also wear bright, fluorescent and reflective clothing.


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