Call for road safety as weather turns

AS the winter draws in and the weather worsens, Suffolk police today joined forces with The Evening Star to urge drivers to take extra care on the county's roads.

AS the winter draws in and the weather worsens, Suffolk police today joined forces with The Evening Star to urge drivers to take extra care on the county's roads.

The Star is re-issuing its message to Light Up, Belt Up and Shut Up in a bid to reduce road accidents.

The campaign seeks to raise awareness of the importance of motorists using their lights, wearing their seat belts and not using hand-held mobile phones.

Chief inspector Martin Barnes-Smith, from the constabulary's Roads Policing Unit, said: “The onset of winter and the turning back of the clocks unfortunately means more accidents on our roads.

“Please remember to allow more time for your journey and if there are poor weather conditions and visibility, remember to slow down and use dipped headlights.

“We give our full support to any measure that helps to reduce casualties on Suffolk's roads and to raise awareness of what drivers should be doing to keep themselves and other road users safe.”

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The campaign, originally launched this time last year, has already been backed by two major safety groups.

Road safety charity Brake and the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (ROSPA), have both supported the drive.

Along with police, the crusade has also been launched in partnership with a number of other agencies including the fire brigade and Suffolk County Council.

Do you back the campaign? Write to Your Letters, Evening Star, 30 Lower Brook Street, Ipswich, IP4 1AN or e-mail eveningstarletters@eveningstar.co.uk

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