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Stay visible in winter's gloom warning

PUBLISHED: 23:18 27 October 2001 | UPDATED: 10:45 03 March 2010

THE number of serious and fatal accidents this year on Suffolk's roads has more than doubled since last year police revealed today.

The figures were realeased as Suffolk Constabulary urged roadusers in the county to be safe and be seen as the winter nights draw in.

THE number of serious and fatal accidents this year on Suffolk's roads has more than doubled since last year police revealed today.

The figures were realeased as Suffolk Constabulary urged roadusers in the county to be safe and be seen as the winter nights draw in.

In the first eight months of last year nine pedestrians and three cyclists were killed or seriously injured during hours of darkness.

This year that number has soared to more than double, with 21 pedestrians and seven cyclists killed or seriously injured on the county's roads.

After clocks go back at the end of October, fewer daylight hours increase the risk of more accidents and police are asking people to wear light, bright and conspicuous outer clothing - reflective if possible – to maximise visibility as they make their way around.

Chief Inspector Mike Gooch, of the force headquarters traffic unit, said: "As the nights draw in, not only do motorists have to take extra care, be more aware of the limitations of their visibility and reduce their speed to suit driving conditions but pedestrians and cyclists also have a responsibility to ensure that they can be seen.

"People should avoid walking on busy and unlit roads during hours of darkness. I they have no choice then they should make themselves as highly visible as possible."

He added that bicycles should be fitted with effective lights both forward and rear.

He also warned against the dangers of drink driving, underlining the importance of arranging lifts with a sober friend, using taxis or public transport in order to get home safely.

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