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YOUNGSTERS walking to school are reminded to be bright and make sure they’re seen this autumn.

Hampshire County Council’s road safety team is using Walk to School Month, which takes place all this month, to remind all road users to think about being safe however they travel.

The clocks will go back an hour on October 30, meaning the evenings will draw in more quickly, making it more important for people to ensure they can be seen on the road or pavement.

Many accidents happen because drivers do not see cyclists or pedestrians until it is too late.

The team is asking people to wear brighter clothing during the day, and something reflective at night.

It is also advising drivers to take extra care to watch out for vulnerable road users, especially youngsters walking to school on dark mornings.

Hampshire County Council’s leader for the environment, Councillor Mel Kendal, said: ‘Regardless of whether you’re a child walking to or from school, a dog walker, a jogger, a cyclist or even working on a delivery round, it’s vital other road users can see you for your own safety.

‘Make sure you remain visible to other road users by wearing fluorescent materials during the daylight hours and at dusk and reflective clothing at night. Wearing reflective and bright clothing, badges, belts or bags in the dark will give you a better chance of being seen and staying safe.’