PARENTS across Carmarthenshire are being reminded to make sure their children can ‘Be seen this Halloween’.
The council’s road safety team has launched its annual ‘be seen’ campaign to coincide with the clocks going back on Sunday, October 27.
With the darker mornings and nights coming in, children are being encouraged to wear bright clothing. Parents could also consider investing in fluorescent / reflective armbands or tabards to help keep their children safe when out and about near roads.
Executive Board Member for the Environment Cllr Hazel Evans said: “On dark nights and in bad weather all pedestrians; and children, in particular, are vulnerable on the roads because they are less visible to motorists.
“We want to encourage parents to ensure that their children are made aware of the importance of wearing bright clothing this time of year.
“Anyone traveling near traffic, for example, children walking to and from school in the winter, should wear or carry something reflective in poor light and bright or fluorescent during the day to make themselves as visible as possible and keep them safe.”
Advice for parents:
- make sure your child can be easily seen, especially at night, on dark days and in bad weather;
- explain to your child why they should always wear something bright;
- bright or fluorescent clothes show up best by day, especially in dull or misty weather;
- in the dark, reflective material is best and shows up in car headlights. Remember, fluorescent clothing doesn’t work after dark;
- it is an offence to cycle at night without a white front light, a red back light and a red reflector at the back, so make sure that your child’s bike is properly equipped and working.