Safety message for Suffolk cyclists

BE safe, be seen – that's the message to Suffolk cyclists as the winter draws in.A special campaign has been launched in Stowmarket handing out discount vouchers for bike lights.

BE safe, be seen – that's the message to Suffolk cyclists as the winter draws in.

A special campaign has been launched in Stowmarket handing out discount vouchers for bike lights.

For the first two weeks this month cyclists without lights will be stopped by police, given a telling off and issued with a 40 per cent off voucher for the town's Barton Cycles shop.

But be warned, after that two week spell a zero tolerance policy will be in operation.

In the last fortnight of October, cyclists will either be hit with a £30 fixed penalty fine or a letter home to mum and dad.

Last year was a relatively good one for child cycle safety with no children being involved in fatal accidents.

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Police are determined to maintain that success rate, but are equally keen to reduce the 200 children injured while out on their bikes.

Special Constable Barry Jackson is the man leading the campaign in Stowmarket to encourage cyclists – and especially children – to light up.

He said: "We want to keep it at no fatalities and get injuries down. The clocks go back this month so lights are even more important.

"Under the law, you must have cycle lights on after dusk."

Mr Jackson highlighted other important safety tips which could help cyclists survive any accidents.

He said: "If we stop someone we always give them a safety talk. It's really important to wear helmets and light clothing.

"It can be really difficult to see cyclists if you are a driver and light coloured clothing can help.

"You can also buy different types of cool bike lights which the kids really like.

"Put it this way – it's a £30 fine for having no lights and about £7 to get them fitted."

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