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The  ‘Be Safe – Be Seen’ campaign for local people when venturing outdoors is reminding Islanders about taking essential safety measures, particularly wearing reflective colours when outside.

A series of photographs have been released by Comhairle nan Eilean Siar to back up some of the campaign’s key messages. 

The campaign - which involves the Western Isles Police, the Isle Jog group and the local Coastguard - is aimed at all road users; pedestrians, cyclists, joggers and drivers of all types of vehicles, to highlight the importance of being extra-cautious throughout the winter months.

There is a second person to the left of this photograph…but all dark clothing. 

CnES warns: "Pedestrians are particularly vulnerable road users. You need to make sure you can be seen clearly in dark conditions and bad weather.

"Clothes with reflective colours are a good choice, as are reflective materials that will warn any approaching vehicles of your presence.

"You can also improve visibility with clip-on reflectors, arm bands and stickers on clothes or bags.

"When using a bike make sure that it has lights fitted to the front and rear so other traffic can see you.

"Parents wanting to make sure their children are safer on the roads should make sure they can be seen especially at night and on dark bad weather days by wearing something bright and reflective."

Both people with reflective clothing 

Chief Inspector Ian Graham said: “Within the Western Isles we aim to make best use of the outdoors and to do so safely is key.

"To highlight the importance of being visible when out and about on the roads and pavements especially in the evenings and at night we were kindly supported by members of 'Isle Jog' one of the local running groups and HM Coastguard.

"You can see from the photos the importance of wearing the appropriate high visibility clothing and/or effective lights dependent on what you are doing.

"The difference in making yourself more visible can be quite dramatic to fellow road users and allows them the opportunity to take sensible precautions when passing you or when you move to pass them.

You can see them…but they can't see you…until it's too late

Stornoway Councillor Charlie Nicolson said:“The 'Be Safe, Be Seen' campaign is very important for community safety in our Islands.

"When people are out and about on the hills , pavements or roads ..  walking , running , cycling or walking the dog  PLEASE wear visibility clothing and reflective materials to safeguard against any accidents in our community “

Photographs courtesy of Isle Jog and HM Coastguard.