Be Safe Be Seen

On dark nights and in bad weather all pedestrians, and children in particular, are vulnerable on the roads because they are less visible to motorists. Anyone travelling near traffic, for example children walking to and from school in the winter, should wear or carry something reflective in poor light and bright or fluorescent during the day to make themselves as visible as possible and keep them safe.

The Prevention team have put together a programme known as 'Twilight Trail' to present the Be Safe, Be Seen message to children within primary schools.  The Twilight Trails provide children with an interactive and enjoyable lesson about the importance of being seen when out in poor light, while also being fun.

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Twilight Trails involve members of staff from the Prevention team making an initial visit to your school to risk assess the playground/outside area and on the day of the Twilight Trail, staff arrive at the school and hang reflective items in the outside area prior to the event starting.

Children arrive at school at dusk (they meet in the hall/classroom and receive a short talk); then they go outside shining their torches (which they need to bring with them) at the reflective items while the officers from the Prevention team explain the way in which a car headlight shining onto a reflective surface vastly increases a pedestrian’s visibility in poor light.  The event lasts for approximately 45 minutes to 1 hour.  The children are given a reflective to take home.

Download the Twilight Trails Toolkit

The toolkit is a fun way to be safe and be seen in the dark. This document tells you all you need to know to set up and run a Twilight Trail at your school. 

We have a selection of fluorescent and reflective items, such as stickers and armbands, for sale at cost price to encourage parents to help their children 'glow safely' throughout the autumn and winter months. For more information on these items, or on the Twilight Trail mentioned above, please contact us at roadsafety@cornwall.gov.uk or 01726 72582.

The Facts:

  • The single biggest child safety issue for children in the UK is being killed or injured in a road collision.
  • In 2013, a total of 113 children were injured on Cornwall's roads. 55 children were injured as pedestrians or cyclists.
  • More than twice as many boys as girls are killed or seriously injured in pedestrian and cycle accidents.
  • Most child pedestrian accidents happen close to home, on residential roads.
  • During school term time, accidents peak between eight and nine o'clock in the morning, and between three and six o'clock in the afternoon, when children travel to and from school.
  • Child road accident rates increase during the summer months when they spend time playing outside without supervision.
  • Secondary school aged children are most at risk of being involved in a pedestrian or cycle accident.
  • Drivers can make the most difference in reducing road accidents by slowing down especially when children are around.
  • Even in good weather conditions the difference between 30mph and 35mph is an extra stopping distance of about six and a half metres - around the length of three hospital beds.