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Bright clothes could save lives of pedestrians

I share Councillor Paula Bradshaw's concerns about the increase in road deaths and injuries. (Writeback).

Speed is obviously often to blame, but pedestrians in dark clothes on dark nights or in heavy rain do not seem to realise how invisible they are.

Most cyclists now wear high-visibility clothing as they know their lives are at risk if they cannot be easily seen. Pedestrians should also wear a reflective vest, arm band or belt when out in the dark.

I am also perturbed by the reluctance of many drivers to switch on dimmed headlights in rain and twilight.

I have seen several near-misses recently when unlit cars have emerged from the gloom unnoticed by oncoming traffic or pedestrians.

MARGARET MARSHALL

Belfast

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