Sheffield & South Yorkshire

South Yorkshire Police offer light relief to cyclists

Cyclists in South Yorkshire who are caught illegally riding after dark without lights are to get the chance to avoid paying a fine, police have said.

Cyclists caught travelling without lights currently face a £30 penalty.

But South Yorkshire Police will instead offer offenders in Doncaster and Barnsley free lights if they report to a police station within seven days.

If successful, the trial could be run in other parts of South Yorkshire, police said.

'Legal requirement'

In 2010, 45 cyclists were seriously injured on South Yorkshire's roads, according to police figures.

Ch Insp Neil Thomas, from South Yorkshire Police, said cyclists who failed to use lights after dark posed a danger not only to themselves but to pedestrians and motorists.

"All cyclists should take necessary steps to be seen when they are travelling on the road," he said.

"Bike lights are a legal requirement when riding in the dark, but I would also urge cyclists to think about their actions."

Ch Insp Thomas said cyclists should also consider wearing high-visibility clothing in an effort to make sure they were seen by other road users at night.

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