As the nights draw in, Northumberland County Council are encouraging people throughout the county to ensure they are wearing bright colours and can be clearly seen by motorists.

Northumberland County Council (NCC) have visited schools throughout the region, talking to pupils about the importance of wearing bright and reflective clothing in the winter, helping to improve their visibility to drivers. While visiting schools NCC provided students with a reflective ‘clip on’ for their own use to help with their personal safety on their daily school journey.

It is recommended for young people, whose school uniforms are usually dark, to ensure they wear bright and reflective outerwear or possibly add reflectors to items such as bags, helping them to be seen by drivers and cyclists.

Councillor Glen Sanderson, Cabinet Member for the Environment and Local Services with Northumberland County Council, said: “It is important, not only for school children, but for everyone, to wear suitable bright and reflective clothing in the darker evenings, to ensure they are clearly visible to motorists.

“There are simple steps you can take to make yourself move visible at night, for example, wearing bright and reflective outerwear, wearing a reflective tabard, armband or bag.”