Police in Beccles and Bungay have launched a month-long cycle campaign to encourage riders to be safer and more visible on the roads.

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Officers will be stopping any cyclists seen riding without lights during the hours of darkness throughout December and will be issuing fixed penalty notices when appropriate.

The Beccles and Bungay safer neighbourhood team will also be educating younger riders on how to stay out of danger.

Sgt Kevin Howell said cycling without lights was a concern that had been raised by local people.

He said: “During December we are running a lights on cycles campaign in response to numerous complaints by members of the public and councillors about the number of cyclists without lights on their bikes.

“We will be giving out warning letters to take home for those under 16, but for anyone older they are likely to face a £30 fixed penalty fine if they go out in darkness without the correct illumination on their bikes.

“This is, above all, a safety issue. Without lights you can’t be seen by drivers or pedestrians and the consequences could be extremely serious. In a collision with a car or lorry, or with a pedestrian, there is a strong possibility that you or someone else could be badly hurt, so please make sure you have lights at the front and back of your bike and, if possible, use fluorescent clothing or items to make yourself more visible.”

Officers will be contacting schools to pass the message onto younger cyclists and will be carrying out checks during the month.

2 comments

  • I'm a lifelong cyclist, for both pleasure and practical transport. There may be arguments about helmets and, to a lesser degree, hi-visibility clothes or accessories (I think both are up to the individual), but people who cycle around without lights are really not doing themselves any favours. Apart from the illegality, it is just insanely dangerous. Lights and batteries now are efficient and not expensive; cheaper than serious injury or death.

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    T Doff

    Tuesday, December 3, 2013

  • I'm a lifelong cyclist, for both pleasure and practical transport. There may be arguments about helmets and, to a lesser degree, hi-visibility clothes or accessories (I think both are up to the individual), but people who cycle around without lights are really not doing themselves any favours. Apart from the illegality, it is just insanely dangerous. Lights and batteries now are efficient and not expensive; cheaper than serious injury or death.

    Report this comment

    T Doff

    Tuesday, December 3, 2013

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