Motorists urged to stay vigilant as clocks go back

JonathanOctober 22, 2013

The Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA) has urged drivers in the UK to keep an eye out for vulnerable road users this winter, particularly after the clocks are turned back an hour on October 27th.

As the end of British Summertime approaches the darker nights will draw in, meaning people will be out and about in darkness for longer periods of time, so those taking out car leasing deals need to take extra care during this period

Figures published by the Department for Transport (DfT) have indicated a ten per cent increase in the number of cyclists killed on the roads in Great Britain, with 118 people losing their lives in 2012, up from 2011 data, while the number of child cyclists killed doubled to 13 and those seriously injured rose to 3,222.

As a result of the rising figures and the higher proportion of incidents involving cyclists taking place in the winter months, RoSPA is continuing to campaign for a change to the daylight savings system used in the UK at the moment.

It wants to make lighter evenings a reality, as DfT research has indicated 80 deaths could be avoided every year if the UK switched to Single Double Summer Time.

This would mean the UK would operate at GMT +1 in winter and GMT +2 in summer, which would lead to lighter nights.

Tom Mullarkey, RoSPA’s chief executive said: “Although road deaths on the whole are going down, it is a huge concern to see a rise in the number of cyclists killed on our roads, especially children.

“We urge drivers to take extra care and vulnerable road users to be seen and be safe. But we also argue that an extra hour of evening daylight could help to save lives and reduce injuries during the colder, darker months.”

RoSPA almost saw its system come into law in recent times as a bill proposed by MP Rebecca Harris was defeated at the final stage in 2012; however the organisation is continuing to pressure the government to alter the system.


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