Dark nights safety offer for South Yorkshire

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Pedestrians and cyclists in South Yorkshire are being urged to make themselves visible to other road users as the nights draw in.

Last year, five pedestrians were killed and 144 were seriously injured in collisions on the county’s roads.

Also last year, one cyclist was killed and 59 seriously injured, according to figures released by the South Yorkshire Safer Roads Partnership.

The partnership – made up of organisations including local councils, South Yorkshire Police, the Highways Agency and South Yorkshire Fire & Rescue – is giving away free high-visibility vests for cyclists and motorcyclists and reflective bag strap covers for Year 6 schoolchildren across the county.

From the start of November they will be available from Howden House in Sheffield city centre, Connects offices and libraries in Barnsley, libraries in Rotherham and the Civic Office in Doncaster.

Mike Stanley, senior road safety officer, said “Cyclists please make yourself visible to other road users by making sure you wear high- visibility clothing and always use lights after dark or when visibility is poor.

“It really helps drivers, especially during the dark winter months, to see and react to you much earlier.”

The move comes ahead of the clocks going back on Sunday night, marking the end of British Summer Time.