Police put spotlight on cycle safety

PUBLISHED: 16:00 15 October 2011

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POLICE are pushing cycle safety this winter in a new initiative to get cyclists to wear lights to reduce accidents.

Cyclists found without lights after dark will be fined as part of a new campaign called Operation Glitter being run by officers at Burnham and Cheddar Police Stations.

But those given penalties will also receive a 10 per cent off voucher to buy cycle lights.

If lights are then purchased, the fine will be written off by police upon production of a receipt at a station.

But those who fail to buy lights will have to pay up.

Two adult cyclists who were stopped last year were each fined £125 when they failed to buy lights despite repeat warnings.

Sergeant Ian Kennet said: “Cyclists without lights can be just as much a danger to others as they are to themselves. “It is very hard to see them as the dark evenings draw in particularly if they don’t have lights and are wearing dark clothes. It isn’t safe.

“I would like the public to work with us to help avoid as many accidents as possible. We don’t want to fine people, we would prefer people to be safe and seen.”

Police also warned that riding the wrong way up the High Street would result in fines of up to £60 after several cyclists have been warned about it in the past.

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