Police issue safety advice as winter arrives

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MOTORISTS are being reminded to drive with care and ensure their vehicle is in a roadworthy condition as the dark nights set in.

Officers across Lancashire Constabulary will be visiting schools and colleges to educate students on road safety and will have various check-points across the county to check that passing vehicles are in a good repair.

Road Policing Insp. Kev Otter said: “The number of people killed and seriously injured on our roads is at the lowest in years, but we typically see an increase in collisions at this time of year as the darker nights creep in.

“As it becomes darker it is harder to see pedestrians, cyclists and motorcyclists so drivers need to pay extra attention to the roads and take care with their journey.

“Motorists should make sure their vehicle is in good working order in terms of tyres, brakes and overall repair. They should ensure that lights are working and headlights are set correctly, washer bottles are full and wipers are working correctly.

“Pedestrians need to be aware it is harder for motorists to see them and should take precautions. I would encourage them to wear high visibility clothing when on the roads during darkness and to use pedestrian crossings wherever possible.

“I would also ask parents to ensure that if their children are using a pedal cycle they have high visibility clothing and have working lights.”

The action comes as part of Operation Pathway, a Force-wide campaign that sees high profile action days on the county’s roads aimed at saving lives and protecting people.