Bournmouth Police Crack Down on Cyclists Without Lights

A police clampdown on cyclists riding without lights has taken to the streets of Bournmouth this week.

cycling in the darkA police clampdown on cyclists riding without lights has taken to the streets of Bournmouth this week.

A total of 21 officers and community workers went out to kick start the “Bright Lights” campaign, which is aimed at educating cyclists about safety at on the roads at night time.

Two teams set up in two different locations, pulling over cyclists riding without lights, or cyclists without appropriate visibility.

A total of 20 tickets were issued, but the punishments aren’t as bad as they first appear:

“Cyclists will have the opportunity to report to a police station and produce a new set of lights or a receipt. In return, we will scrub the ticket.

“I don’t think we can be fairer than that.

“Our preference is to educate first and enforce later,” said Sgt Steve Houston, who is in charge of the operation.

So far the campaign has been hailed a success and the police have said they will continue to work with the community to improve cycling safety.

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