As the country gets used to darker nights following the end of British Summer Time on Sunday (October 26), newly published figures show this time of year is when the most road traffic collisions occur here in Birmingham.
Broken down by month for the years 2009-2013, October topped the table with 1290 collisions â€“ equivalent to 8.3 collisions per day for that particular month over the five years.
Next highest was November, the month immediately after the clocks go back, with 1,199 (or 8 collisions per day).
The city council is using the data as an opportunity to remind residents â€“ whether pedestrians, cyclists or motorists â€“ of some key safety tips:
- Wear or carry something light coloured or fluorescent.Â Itâ€™s easier to be seen by drivers in bad weather conditions or when itâ€™s getting darker.
- When you are driving or riding after dark take special care to look out for pedestrians and cyclists who could appear suddenly and unexpectedly.
- If youâ€™re a biker never assume that a driver has seen you and always make yourself as conspicuous as possible by wearing high visibility clothing.
- Keep your speed down and be aware that darkness and poor weather make conditions more hazardous â€“ slow down.
Cllr James McKay, Cabinet Member for Social Cohesion, Equalities and Community Safety, said: â€œThese figures act as a timely reminder to think about how we can be as safe as possible when using our roads.
â€œThere are a few simple things that anyone can do to make themselves safer â€“ and I would encourage everyone to be careful when out and about at this time of year. Remember fluorescent by day reflective by night.â€
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