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A BRIGHTER FUTURE FOR DRIVING IN THE DARK?

11/10/11


RoSPA CONDUCTS CLOCK CHANGE POLL AS EVENINGS DARKEN


With the dark nights drawing in, the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents is urging the public to put a stop to “daylight robbery” with the launch of an online poll.


For decades, RoSPA has been at the forefront of a crusade to give the UK an extra hour of evening daylight - citing research that shows lighter nights would save 80 lives and prevent more than 200 serious injuries on our roads each year.


Apart from the avoidance of grief and suffering, fewer road accidents would also bring considerable annual savings to taxpayers.


The clock change campaign is closer to succeeding now than at any time since 1970.


To help the Bill clear the next hurdle - and to coincide with the end of British Summer Time in a couple of weeks - RoSPA is calling on the public to help convince Westminster of its popularity.


You can do this by clicking the "Support Our Campaign" button at www.rospa.com/about/currentcampaigns/lighter-evenings/.


If successful, the Bill will lead to the Government carrying out a cross-departmental analysis of the benefits of Single/Double Summer Time (GMT+1 in winter / GMT+2 in summer) - which in turn could trigger a three-year trial.


Tom Mullarkey, RoSPA’s chief executive, said: "Now that darkness is about to descend - and with it an almost inevitable spike in road accidents at twilight - we need to rekindle the debate.


"With Rebecca Harris's Daylight Saving Bill about to be discussed in the House of Commons again, it's time to see some democracy in action.


"And what better way of proving the popularity of a proposal than to let the 'silent majority' have its say through an online poll. For that reason, I urge as many people as possible to join the debate - and to help make a difference."



CLOCKS GOING BACK IS A SERIOUS RISK FOR MOTORISTS



As the Government releases news that it will officially back the Daylight Saving Bill, GEM Motoring Assist urges drivers to support the Lighter Later campaign in a bid to reduce the dangers of driving in the dark.  





















It is easy to forget how the change affects drivers and road users. Year on year the evidence shows that the accident rate on the roads increases after the clocks go back and GEM believes that it is unnecessarily putting people’s lives at risk.


GEM is an official sponsor of the Lighter Later campaign and is calling for further support to continue to lobby the Government. The campaign aims to shift Britain’s clocks forward by one hour throughout the year, so an hour of daylight moves from the morning to the evening.  


GEM Chief Executive, David Williams MBE, comments, “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.


It’s not only motorists who are at risk, but other vulnerable road users, including children on their way home from school.  Introducing lighter evenings will make our roads a safer place by increasing visibility and in turn will help prevent unnecessary accidents. We are calling on motorists to show their support for a campaign that has so many benefits for so many people.”


Setting the clocks so we can enjoy more hours of daylight, will also help the nation save on electricity bills and hugely decrease the amount of pollution caused by electric lights. With numerous benefits, the change is welcomed by GEM.


o show your support, please visit www.lighterlater.org and keep up to date at www.facebook.com/lighterlater.