Be seen and safe in the dark
Recentcorrespondenceabout the switching off of street lighting seems to be generating more heat than useful light.
The midnight ramblers of Stamford and Bourne need not be deterred, by the obduracy of Lincolnshire County Council, from enjoying their nightly perambulations.
By the simple expedient of making a modest investment in suitable high- visibility clothingandameansofilluminating their progress - a head torch is useful as it leaves both hands free - they can reduce therisktothemselvesandother road users.
For t hose wondering where to obtain such clothing, a local retailer situated in thecentreofStamford, selling work and outdoor wear currently has a windowdisplayof safetyclothingincludinghighvisibility jackets.
As an additional measure the advice to pedestrians in the highway code that in the absence of a suitable footpath they should walk facing the traffic in order to see an approaching vehicle is sensible.
During my childhood I recall a short information film from the Ministry of Information was often broadcast on television exhorting pedestrians walking at night to ‘see and be seen’; it would still seem pertinent today. Graeme Massey Casterton Road