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Fine for Cyclists Without Lights in Dorset

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7:45am 7th November 2013

Adults caught riding a bicycle in the dark without lights could land themselves a £50 fine this winter.

Police are going to be actively stopping cyclists during the darker nights as part of a new campaign.

Dorset's Road Safe team want to cut down on the number of cyclists killed or injured on the county's roads.

Traffic officers who spot adults riding their bike in the dark without lights will get a £50 pound fine, but if you get lights fitted to your bike within 7 days the ticket will be cancelled.

Young people and children seen riding without lights will also be stopped.

They'll be given a warning and officers will then fit front and rear lights to their cycles which have been paid for by Dorset Road Safe.

Inspector Matt Butler, of Dorset Police Traffic Unit, said: "No Excuse is about recognising vulnerable road users and the behaviour that leads to collisions.

"Cyclists are a vulnerable road user group and this initiative aims to reduce the risk of harm posed to them, making sure cyclists - in particular children and young people - can be seen.

"All cyclists should wear a helmet, light coloured or fluorescent clothing in daylight and reflective clothing with bike lights in the dark. This will make sure that they are seen by other road users.

"Officers working on 'No Excuse' continue to target all road user behaviour that can lead to collisions - be that the poor driving of a motorist or the poor riding of a cyclist, including failing to stop at red lights.

 "I have seen many serious and fatal collisions involving cyclists. Irrespective of fault, in a collision between a car and a bicycle, the cyclist will always come off worse."

The Bike Lights initiative will be staged on dates in November at various locations around Dorset and is part of the ongoing No Excuse campaign.

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