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90% Back Lighter Evenings Campaign - October 27th 2006


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    As the clocks go back this weekend, 90 per cent of people who have voted in an online poll run by the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents support the campaign for lighter evenings all-year-round.

    More than 3,200 people have taken part already and Kevin Clinton, RoSPA Head of Road Safety, is delighted with the results so far.

    "This clearly demonstrates that there is overwhelming support for a new system for changing our clocks," he said. "Our poll shows most people want to stay one hour ahead of Greenwich Mean Time in the winter and two hours ahead in the summer, because this would lead to around 450 fewer deaths and serious injuries on our roads.

    "We now need the Government to agree to our request for a three-year trial which would also demonstrate the benefits to business, leisure, tourism, health and the environment."

    People can express their support by contacting MPs, writing to Kevin Clinton at RoSPA, 353 Bristol Road, Birmingham B5 7ST, or voting online at www.rospa.com/lighterevenings/.

    All road users need to take extra care in the coming weeks as visibility and weather conditions deteriorate. Motorists should watch their speed as the nights become darker, and be aware that they are less likely to see vulnerable road users such as pedestrians, cyclists and motorcyclists. People should check their lights and brakes and have their cars serviced for the winter.

    Parents should ensure children wear bright clothing, preferably with fluorescent or reflective strips. They should check cycles to make sure reflectors are clean and fit new batteries to lights. Children should be reminded that it will soon be dark on their way home from school and that it will be difficult for motorists to see them.