Children at risk on the roads

SHOCKING figures released today reveal more than 80 child pedestrians were killed or injured on Suffolk's roads last year.The statistic was revealed as part of an annual government campaign for youngster's to stay visible on the road, particularly through the winter months.

SHOCKING figures released today reveal more than 80 child pedestrians were killed or injured on Suffolk's roads last year.

The statistic was revealed as part of an annual government campaign for youngster's to stay visible on the road, particularly through the winter months.

With the clocks going back at the weekend and the weather worsening children are reminded to Be Safe Be Seen.

Ipswich-based CBeebies presenter Sue Monroe said: "It's so important for parents to help their children to Be Safe and Be Seen when they're out at this time of year.

"Make sure when the weather's bad, or it's dark, your children are wearing fluorescent clothes by day and reflective gear at night. It can make all the difference."

With over 900 children killed or seriously injured on Great Britain's roads in the winter months of 2003, the government is reminding youngsters that not only is it important to be seen after dark, but also in bad weather, when drivers may not be able to see as clearly.

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Road Safety Minister David Jamieson said: "The number of children killed and seriously injured on our roads is falling every year, but we do need to be extra careful in the winter months when driver visibility is poor.

"It's as important to be visible in mist, rain and fog as it is after dark. Be Safe, Be Seen this year is about encouraging parents to make sure their children have both fluorescent and reflective clothing to ensure they can be seen whatever the conditions. And at the same time drivers also need to take care and look out for children."

The campaign also highlights the dangers of cycling without correct lights and reflectors.

It is against the law to cycle after dark without a white front light, a red back light and a red reflector at the back.