The cat that steals the eyes with his reflective vest

The particular feline returned to vitalize in social networks in recent days. He arrived at the work when he barely eight days old and quickly gained the love of all.

“Black” is the name of the cat that in recent days has returned to vitalize in social networks for his particular attire: A reflective vest that accompanies him on a construction site.


Last August, Estella de Antofagasta told the story of this charming feline who stole the love of those who work on the project “Puerto Buenos,” a future urban center that is built next to the current mall in the northern city.


As they said at the time, this little kitten received his first attire with reflective tape “from the hands of the cleaning lady” to protect him in the middle of the works.

“Black” arrived at the work when he barely had eight days. “Among the guards we gave him milk and he made himself a gift from here,” said Eugenio Euglena, a local worker.


The construction of “Puerto Buenos” will conclude in the second semester of 2017 so they are already wondering what the destiny of the beloved “Black” will be. The reflective material is a good protection for it. Don Eugenio himself told the regional media: “There are several people who want to take him, they grab him affection, and he is well-adjusted with all the people.”


Good reflective signage would prevent many accidents

Last year was the first since 1989 when the number of traffic accident victims increased. A figure that had been decreasing non-stop for 13 years and that, apparently, thanks to the fact that the crisis overcome, has caused it to grow again.


Because the action protocol establishes that, in case of suffering a breakdown or accident, the obstacle in the road must be signaled for what the driver must put on the reflective vest when leaving the vehicle, mount the triangles, and place them. This procedure involves the risk of walking along the shoulder of the road for at least 50 meters. Then you can return to the vehicle to make a call and receive assistance.


The protocol that establishes the current road safety regulations causes many accidents to occur in areas with poor visibility, given that a large number of drivers do not know that, in case of vehicle immobilization by accident, it is not mandatory to put the triangles if the conditions to perform this action are not safe.


The long signaling process is compounded by the lack of lighting on the roads: 90% of accidents take place on roads with insufficient light. In addition, 40% of road accidents are electrical faults that prevent the use of warning and / or wired devices to signal the vehicle before placing the triangles, with the danger involved.


In that task of reducing traffic victims, innovation has a lot of work to do. Over the last few years, numerous solutions have made a great advance in the prevention and reduction of road accidents. If the belt represented a before and after in the reduction of victims due to traffic accidents, the importance of the airbag or the child restraint seats should not be overlooked. In the same way, you want to contribute Help Flash, a reflective material and lighting device to signal emergencies on the road without having to leave the vehicle.


Now the startup of Galician origin aims to make available to all drivers a device specially designed for breakdowns at night and in conditions of low visibility, which makes the vehicle visible up to 1 kilometer away. Its mode of operation is very simple, in case of a stop due to breakdown or accident it is enough to place it on the roof on the outside of the vehicle in contact with the sheet and, thanks to its magnetic activation, it will start up. Help Flash is a signaling device for legal use, compatible with current road safety regulations and with usage autonomy of more than 2 and a half hours in emergency mode.


It is, therefore, a device of special interest for vulnerable groups at the wheel such as the elderly, pregnant women, people with reduced mobility or disability, or motorists, who do not have a signaling system.

Road Police applied 130 fines in three days of operation

The Road Police says that the lack of reflective vest in motorcyclists and the absence of the first aid kit in cars are the main infractions.

“I left in a hurry for work and did not bring it,” the motorcycle driver, who was not wearing a reflective vest, was justified while the traffic inspector took out his notebook to record the infraction in writing, behind him most motorcyclists. They did not even have one on Route 8; few used reflective bands and others, eight years after it became mandatory, still not incorporate the use of a helmet.


In total, since the beginning of the inspection operation of the new traffic law, on Saturday, March 28, until yesterday afternoon, the police officers had applied about 130 fines to drivers throughout the country. Although there is not data by type of infraction, from Coalminer informed Observatory that the preliminary figures indicate that the circular without a vest was the violation of the most registered norm.


The use of this security element is stipulated in article 7 of Law 19.061, which indicates that it is mandatory for those who travel by motorcycle or similar “permanent use during its circulation in all public roads” of vest, jacket, or reflective strips. If not used, the fine amounts to about $ 403 (0.5 resettable units) per person.


“If you do not come with anything reflective, you are a shadow,” because the vest “comes to reinforce visibility,” the Public Relations Officer of Road Police, Daniel Segovia, explained to El Observatory, regarding the need to use it, especially at night. On the other hand, the spokesperson of Coalminer said that although it is even in the whole country, the infraction becomes more noticeable near populated places. “There is a big difference between the motorcyclists who is going to do the long distance from the one who is going to make the cut. The problem is the one that left the neighborhood to the service station. “In that kilometer someone does not see me or something crosses my path and most likely does not tell it,” he warned.


Although most of the drivers expressed knowledge of the new norm, not all were clear about its scope. Although the inspectors in safety vest pointed out to each of the offenders the corresponding article and the text of the rule that be applied, they were inflexible when setting the fines.



The use of helmets with patents and safety vests

This confirmed by the Secretary of the Government of SFVC, Herman Martel.

The municipality of SFVC will not adhere to the modifications in the Traffic Law that requires all bikers to wear the helmet with the patent and that the passenger wear a green fluorescent vest.


This confirmed in the early hours of Tuesday by the Secretary of Government of the commune, Herman Martel, who assured that “we do not plan to adhere to the law” because “we consider that it does not attack to reduce the crime rate.” At the same time, he said: “It does not mean that some councilor through a project requests that accession, but as regards the municipal executive, we do not plan to accede to this regulatory decree at the moment,” he said, making clear the intentions of the greater dome of the municipality of the Capital for the road safety.


Meanwhile, he acknowledged that: “We are working on other situations and measures that have to do with the objective of this decree, which is precisely control over the facts of insecurity.” In the continuity of his statements to Radio VV, Martel explained about the actions of traffic agents: “Culturally, people violate the rules of the road, in many cases the agents are unable to do their job because of the violence of the users, because it is necessary always the support of the police of the province.”


The national government established at the beginning of the month by presidential decree that “in 90 days the motorcyclists will be obliged to carry the patent of the road printed or engraved on the helmet, both the driver and the passenger, while the latter must also use a reflective vest with the domain.”


The FR reflective vest for drivers

Like most of the garments used today, the reflective vest sold made from this chemical material, which is highly flammable, but this also occurs with other products.


The professor of the Faculty of Chemical Sciences of the U. of Chile, José Romero Reyes, told 24Horas “all material is burned,” but that the difference lies in the time it takes some to be burned. “The most advisable thing would be to use cotton or wool vests, they will burn, but much slower”, explained the chemist.


“As a synthetic fiber, polyester burns much faster and sticks to the skin if exposed to high temperatures,” he added. It should be note that the reform approved to the Traffic Law, does not explain the material that the high visibility vest must have, but the components of it must possess. In this regard, the Executive Secretary of the National Traffic Safety Commission, Gabriela, told this website that “the fabrics used for its manufacture do not differ much from those used in common clothing, which would be exposed at the same risk of flammability as any other.”



Although it may trigger consequences for the health of people, in this case the manufacturing material is not a relevant issue for the emergency management expert Michel. In conversation with 24Horas, De Herb said that the criticism for polyester “occurs out of context,” since the law was made so that the vest is worn for non-professional use. “It does not have to be greater or less flammable,” said the aforementioned, clarifying that the implement only fulfills functions to provide greater visibility. The Cohasset shares the assertion, since it accentuates the objective of the regulation, being the vest “an element to be visible” and not of risk.



According to he added, one of the objectives should focus on improving the standard in the sense that the sale of safety vests that meet all the recommended characteristics is guarantee. That is why the expert emphatic in declaring that “the norm says that the tapes have to be seen, but nothing guarantees you that it complies with, for example, the size of these or other fundamental aspects, which generates an informal trade”.


Wearing reflective vest: How it should be and in what part

Those who do not wear the vest in the vehicle risk a fine of up to 22,000 pesos.

From January 1, all cars in Chile must wear a reflective vest inside; otherwise, the owner of the vehicle will risk a fine.


The objective is to “make the driver more visible when he gets off the vehicle in an emergency situation, and thus prevent abuses.” As detailed by the National Traffic Safety Commission, not wearing the vest will be a slight fault so the person will be fined with 0.2 to 0.5 UTM, that is, between 8,991 and 22,477 pesos.


Cohasset explains that the vest “must contain both yellow fluorescent material and retro reflective material.” The law has not been very clear in its use, but it must be that each motorist must have it in an accessible place inside the vehicle, which has given way to the inevitable memes.


Dozens of Twitter users and other platforms have developed their photos and comments on the popular safety vest, which should be yellow and took social networks.



Nine questions about the use of the reflective vest

It completed the first three days since this element is mandatory, there are still several questions that arise in the drivers, so here we clarify certain doubts.


– How should be the reflective vest?

It must be yellow, made of fluorescent material, and have strips of retro reflective material with a width of not less than 50 mm.


– What are the vest models that comply with the regulations?

Model 1: The vest can have a horizontal band that surrounds the torso, and two bands that join from front to back over each shoulder, forming an X on the back. The lower part of the torso band should be at a minimum distance of 5 centimeters from the bottom edge of the vest.

Model 2: Two horizontal bands were surrounding the torso, separated by a minimum distance of 5 centimeters. The lower part of the lower band must be at a minimum distance of 5 centimeters from the lower edge of the vest.

Model 3: Two horizontal bands were surrounding the torso, separated by a minimum distance of 5 centimeters, and bands that join the upper band of the torso from front to back, passing through each shoulder. On the back, they form an X. The lower part of the lower band of the torso should be at a minimum distance of 5 centimeters from the lower edge of the vest.


– Where should I store the vest and when should I use it?

This vest must always be in an accessible place from the inside of the vehicle, as if the glove compartment and the driver must put it on before getting off the vehicle to attend an emergency.


– Do fines also apply if I do not wear the vest when appropriate?

Since this decree only regulates the carrying of this article and not its use, Carabineers will not be able to fine people who leave the mobile without the high visibility vest, but only those who do not have it in their car.

The commander José Luis Ojeda in statements to La Tercera, who said that, clarified this “Carabineers cannot go against what is established, the only thing that is established is decree 22, what it does is add to the security kit, the reflective vest”.


– Do I risk a fine if I do not carry it in the vehicle?

Failure to comply with the wearing of the reflective vest will constitute a slight fault, which translates into a fine that ranges between $ 9,000 and $ 22,500 (0.2 to 0.5 UTM).


– Where the Carabineers control carried out?

Carabineers will be able to carry out the pertinent controls when they so decide, in urban, rural sectors and on roads.


– What is the value of the vest?

They can found between $ 2,500 and $ 5,000, both by Internet distributors and in traditional stores.


– Is only the reflective vest required in the safety kit?

No. In addition to the documents, the vehicle must have Fire extinguisher, cat and wheel keys, spare wheel, first aid kit, and two triangles.


– Will motorcyclists have to comply with this decree?

Although there have been circulated complaints of fines to motorcyclists who did not wear the reflective safety vest, the authorities have clarified that motorcycles should not necessarily comply with this measure.


Participating the occasion with reflective vest

The Angels program reaches its ninth version this Wednesday, the day on which Angelinos Day is celebrated. On this occasion, there will be a 13.4-kilometer Angels in the north of the city.


The meeting point will be from 6:30 p.m., in the Cisneros Park, located in the 64th race between 66th and 68th streets. The activity will begin at 8:00 p.m.

Fernando Isaac, District Secretary of Traffic and Road Safety, said that the activity aims to encourage the safe use of bicycles, as a structuring axis of mobility, the cities of the future and offer citizens recreational spaces and healthy coexistence.


He explained that participating in this occasion is very easy; it is free and without prior registration. Citizens should only carry their bicycles and the security elements: helmet, reflective vest, front and rear lights and bell.


“We invite the citizens to participate in the activity, our appointment every month. This is an event, we want more, and more citizens to participate, take more ownership of this space and this activity. In addition to improving the quality of life and mobility as such, Angels serves to share, get to know our city, in order to achieve a more sustainable mobility that helps to recover the public space for citizenship,” said Fernando in yellow vest.


The blatant response of a police in safety vest

A police officer in safety vest driving a motorcycle recorded by a citizen in a street in Bogota, who complained about taking two other people on board when the rule requires that in this vehicle a maximum of two passengers mobilized and prohibited from transporting Children under 10 years old.


When asked if the bike was for three or two (passengers), the safety uniformed gave a surprising and blatant answer. This was justified by carrying a girl in the middle of it and the barbecue.


In the video, which has gone viral in social networks, it also observed that the passenger in the back does not wear the reflective vest also required by law. Had it been another citizen surprised by the transit authorities, the punishment would have included a fine and the immobilization of the vehicle, with the expenses that this represents.



Remember the safety equipment before starting a road trip

The drivers are increasingly rushing to use their vehicles and it is common to drive with cars that exceed 10 years, an age in which they increase the chances of suffering breakdowns. In this case, the safety equipment for car is necessary. When the car starts making strange sounds or gives problems in the middle of a journey, nerves should not carry you away and it is better to act calmly and respecting the rules. To avoid lying on the road, it is best to ensure that the vehicle is in condition beforehand, if it has passed its revisions and does not give problems, it is more difficult to stop working suddenly.


Before you get behind the wheel, check also that you have all the required documentation and, of course, check that your policy is in order and inform yourself of all the guarantees you have and before what problems you can resort to your insurance. For example, not all companies offer assistance when your car suffers a puncture or stops on the road. Others cover even the journey, stay in a hotel if you are away from home, and need accommodation.


What happens if the car breaks down while driving?

When your car starts to suffer problems, chances are you have time to detect it and take it to a workshop without needing a crane. If it stops, working suddenly while you are in town, getting help will be easy for you. The biggest problem is on roads, where you expose yourself to a more dangerous situation. Keep a reflective vest is good for your safety on road.


In addition, you will have to point out the accident with the emergency triangles. Placing them is very simple: on freeways or motorways you will have to place a triangle at a minimum distance of 50 meters from the back of the car and, on two-way roads, you will also have to put one on the front. Remember that whenever you are out of the car you will have to wear a reflective vest. If you do not, you run the risk fined or another driver will not see you and suffer an accident.


When everything signaled, it is time to contact your insurer or a roadside assistance service. While you wait, stay out of the circulation area and preferably inside the vehicle, unless you are standing on the road. If you go outside, stay behind the guardrail with the safety vest on. First, keep calm while you wait for help to arrive and act with caution.