Road safety group calls for lighter eveningsGEM supports Lighter Later campaign

25 October 2010

Lighter Later could improve road safety

Lighter Later could improve road safety

Road safety organisation GEM Motoring Assist has got behind the 10:10 Lighter Later campaign to shift the clocks forward by one hour throughout the entire year, claiming it will make roads safer in the winter months.

With the clocks changing on Sunday (October 31), the breakdown and recovery specialist says more road users lives are being put at risk because of the early nights and winter conditions.

Lighter Later

Lighter Later is a campaign fronted by climate change group 10:10, which aims to reduce global carbon emissions by 10% each year, starting in 2010.

The aim of Lighter Later is to move the clocks forward by an hour to shift an hour of daylight from the morning to the evening.

Not only would this mean more daylight during waking hours in the day, it also reduces the amount of time we need street lighting in the evening.

The campaign has received national press coverage in recent weeks after councils suggested they could operate street lighting for shorter periods to cut carbon emissions and Prime Minister David Cameron said he would consider realigning UK clocks to better suit daylight hours back in August.

GEM has now backed the proposal, claiming brighter evenings would improve road safety, especially during the upcoming months when the weather conditions are at their worst.

David Williams, CEO of GEM Motoring Assist, said: “Poor weather, decreased visibility and bad road conditions are all rife during the winter months and have a serious effect on the rise in accidents and hazardous breakdown situations.

“Changing the clocks only adds further to the dangers for road users, particularly for those on foot, including vulnerable school children.

“What’s more, with the recent news that councils are planning to dim or turn off street lights in certain areas of the country, making conditions even worse, there is no better time to champion the need for lighter evenings.”

Road Safety Week 2010

The news comes a month before Road Safety Week, which takes places from November 22 to 28.

The week-long initiative by road safety charity Brake will focus on reducing speed for 2010.

Which? Car will also be promoting Road Safety Week next month with a new child car seat feature and review, plus a live event on Tuesday 23 November that will answer all your child car seat and road safety queries.

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