police launch autumn crackdown on cycle safety
cyclists who are caught riding at night without lights face fixed
penalty fines of up to £60, police have warned this week
at the start of a new winter safety campaign.
The warning came as officers launched their winter-long 'cycle
safe' campaign in Burnham, called Operation Glitter.
The scheme is being run by staff at Burnham Police Station during
the autumn and winter with the intention of promoting safe cycling
and reducing serious accidents.
Sgt Ian Kennett from Burnham Police told Burnham-On-Sea.com:
"Community safety is a key part of this operation. 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 in the Burnham and Highbridge area
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
added that cyclists found without lights when it is dark face
fixed penalty notices, however cyclists will be offered a 10%
discount voucher redeemable against the purchase of cycle lights
at participating shops.
If lights are then bought, the cyclist can then present their
cycle at a police station with the receipt to have the ticket
written off. Those who fail to do so within seven days will have
to pay the fine.
adult cyclists who were stopped last year for failing to have
any bicycle lights were later fined £125 each after they
failed to purchase lights despite being given three opportunities
and several warnings.
Sgt Kennett added: "By approaching this issue from a problem
solving perspective, we are aiming to educate cyclists in relation
to the offences they are committing by not displaying lights,
promote bike security and most importantly bring their attention
to how they are jeopardising their own personal safety and that
of others whilst riding without lights and encourage them to buy
the correct equipment."
"It is also a timely reminder that it is an offence to ride
on the pavements or the wrong way up the High Street. This issue
has been raised regularly by the community at Have Your Say or
PACT meetings. We will be enforcing the law and issuing fixed
penalty tickets, which vary from £30 to £60, depending
on which offence is committed."