Dorset Cyclists Fined for Not Having Lights
8:13am 20th December 2013
More than 40 people were issued with £50 fines last month during Dorset Police's crack down on cyclists riding their bikes at night without lights.
They were all told if they took their bikes to a police station in 7 days to prove they've had lights fitted, their fines would be cancelled.
But only 18 people took that option.
73 children and young people were also stopped during the operation which covered Weymouth and Dorchester.
Police fitted free lights to their bikes and issued them with safety advice.
Inspector Matt Butler, of Dorset Police's Traffic Unit, said: "The Bike Lights initiative has proved successful in Dorset by helping to spread the message about the dangers of cycling in the dark without lights.
"The majority of young people realised they should have lights once they were reminded and all thanked the officers for their lights, florescent kit and information leaflet.
"More young people now have the tools they need to ride safely around the county.
"I would like to remind all cyclists they 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."