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UHP and Bike Utah give tips to ‘Be Safe, Be Seen’

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Posted at 12:59 PM, Oct 28, 2015
and last updated 2015-10-28 19:15:23-04

WEST VALLEY CITY, Utah - Get ready to fall back in just a few days with that time change, police and highway patrol troopers want to remind you to be safe as our nights get darker.

Starting on Sunday, as the nights grow longer and the days are shorter that means it'll be tougher to see those people walking and riding their bikes.

At the dark hours of the morning the Utah Highway Patrol teamed up with Bike Utah.

They demonstrated safety gear for both pedestrians and bicyclists. That means lights, reflective gear, and even brightly colored clothing for your pets.

UHP has reported there have already been 37 pedestrian fatalities this year and we still have two more months until the end of the year and last year the total was 37.

“The most valuable thing is to have lights in your bicycle,” said Phil Sarnoff, the Executive Director of Bike Utah.  “A red flashing taillight and a white flashing or solid headlight really helps tremendously it helps both motorists to see you as also helps you to see the road.”

UHP’s goal is "Zero Fatalities" and they believe Utahans can increase their safety in low light situations.