Road safety: how to remain visible when the night comes to fall

Winter is coming, days are getting shorter, night is falling faster, and pedestrians and cyclists are more and more vulnerable to motorists who do not always see them. For road safety, how to remain visible when the night comes to fall?


When night falls, pedestrians and cyclists become vulnerable. Imprudence will be make serious consequences. The winter period accounts for almost half of all pedestrians without high visibility vest killed last year, and accidents involving cyclists continue to increase. Therefore, Preventive actions are carried out.


Visible up to 150 meters

Sticking retro flexing tapes to the children’s binder or to the backs of cyclists is particularly effective. Beyond 30 meters, an individual with these stickers continues to be visible up to 150 meters. It is also essential that the bikes are visible at night. For this, lights must be installed. A danger spreader can also take place on the two-wheelers so that motorists take more distance to overtake the cyclist. Finally, it is strongly recommended to wear a reflective vest.

Check the lights in the car for free

As part of the nationwide campaign, “Your lights – your safety,” drivers from Czestochowa could check for free the correctness of the lighting settings in their cars. Uniforms explained to the participants of the action how important it is in the autumn-winter period to have good visibility on the road. The police officers also handed out reflective vests and bands, which will certainly help to improve the safety of unprotected road users.


The impact on road safety depends largely on the drivers themselves. From the skills and experience of the person who will sit behind the wheel and its psychophysical state. Road safety is also influenced by the technical condition of vehicles.


Many drivers remember that you need to wipe the headlamps when they are dirty or replace the bulbs if they are burned out. Few remember, however, that you also need to set the lights at the right angle. In the autumn / winter period, the wrong setting of lights often causes the illumination of other lights, or it is too late to notice a pedestrian or an obstacle on the road.


As part of the nationwide campaign, “Your lights – your safety,” drivers in safety vest from Czestochowa could make a free review of the correct setting of car lights last Saturday.

Police in safety vest deal the Motorcycles in violation

It was in operations carried out since last September by the City Police and the Transit Secretariat of Buenos Aires. Motorcycles that are not removed by their owners will enter the compaction process.


The City Police in safety vest and the Buenos Aires Transit Secretariat seized 695 motorcycles that presented impediments to travel in joint operations carried out since September. For the procedures established motorcycle controls in fixed and dynamic points of the Federal Capital. Among the shots confiscated, the infractions that were repeated were lack of helmet, driving by minors and not having escapes.


Motorcyclists were also found to circulate with adulterated or illegible patents or without the use of the veneers placed. Others were penalized for not wearing the reflective vest, for breaching the insurance, problems with the driver’s license, missing mirrors, not having a green card or that it was expired at the time of control, and walking without a helmet.


Motorcycles in violation were derived to the beaches of the City Police with the purpose of being returned to their owners once the infractions were regularized, or compacted in the case that so required. In most cases, the bikes were not removed from the judicial deposits by their owners and will be compacted in the coming weeks. All the shots that go to the compaction process do so within the framework, which depends on the Undersecretary of Citizen Security of the Ministry of Justice and Security of the City. All of the police actives is for city road safety.

They approve law of safety vests patented

The Buenos Aires legislators approved a norm that foresees that the motorcycle drivers that circulate in the City must carry in the safety clothing, of obligatory way, a self-adhesive with the number of the patent of the rolled one. The law, which was approved with 43 votes in favor, 13 against and 1 abstention, establishes an amendment to the Traffic and Transportation Code and the Truancy Regime related to the movement of motor vehicles.


The rule, which sparked a heated debate on the premises, provides that “in case of transporting a passenger. He must wear a reflective vest that has printed on the front and back the domain number of the motorcycle” and provides for economic sanctions of 5000 pesos to those who fail to comply with the regulations and disqualification to drive from five to 10 days.


Daniel (PRO), author of the initiative, assured the site that “this project does not violate any constitutional right” and explained that “the initiative has two objectives: the first one is to contribute to the road safety, and the other is to promote citizen security.” “This proposal can help to lower the rates of crime, probably not the only measure that makes the situation better, but if it will contribute in that same direction,” said the Buenos Aires deputy.


The approval of the norm was debated with vehemence in the enclosure. Sectors of the opposition accused the executive of refloating an issue already treated in advance and that did not generate positive results in districts where the measure was implemented. Others harder, denounced the subject as “discriminating and stigmatizing” motorcycle drivers; besides to raise that to discuss that subject is to generate “a curtain of smoke” to cover other more serious questions in terms of citizen security.


The FPV deputy Paula Penance recalled that “we have discussed this issue a lot and in depth” and affirmed that “with this regulation stigmatizes motorcycle vehicle users; It has to do with campaigning this project in favor of the ‘fight against motorcycles’.”


“They are willing to advance with the stigmatization only to campaign, but do not take into account that this project has many points do not contribute to citizen security,” he said and remarked. “Motorcycle drivers finally end up exposed to a situation much higher risk, because nobody goes out to steal with his own motorcycle, then the time of the robbery will last even longer since the victim will have to take off his reflective vest to give it to the thief .”


Reflective vests distribute to children for safety

The campaign “Wheels stopped, children safe” to keep the road safety and protect schoolchildren from the dangers of the road has been launched.


The Office of Accident Prevention, the TCS and cantonal police are launching a new prevention campaign in collaboration with municipalities and schools. “Arrested wheels, safe children” wants to encourage motorists to stop completely when approaching a pedestrian crossing. According to the BPA, 42% of children aged 5 to 14 who had a serious accident or death were on their way to school at the time of the accident.


Difficulty in assessing distances

Children in Reflective vest also have trouble when they estimating the distances and speed of vehicles. They are taught to cross a pedestrian crossing only when the car is stationary. Motorists should not be content to slow down when approaching a passage.


This campaign has been running since 2015 with a strong media presence, says the joint statement of the boa, the TCS and the police. More than 90% of motorists know and understand it. In addition, the TCS will distribute more than 80,000 safety vests this year to first-year students.

Road safety: high visibility vests to motorcycle drivers

Around the world, 3,400 people die every day on the roads. Recent studies have shown that 23% of traffic deaths occur among motorcyclists. In Cameroon in general, and in the city of Douala in particular, the figures for motorcycle accidents are becoming more and more important because of the lack of knowledge on the part of drivers of these two-wheeled vehicles in terms of road safety. Still across the national triangle, 70% of the causes of traffic accidents are human. “Motorcycles face higher hazards than cars and other vehicles. In fact, the reduced size and less stable nature of the motorcycle, the potholes, the uneven heights between the tracks and other irregularities or objects expected on the road pose a serious threat to the safety of the motorcyclists, “Kimono observes.


The boss of the brewery apartment company Diageo group was speaking during a sensitization session for motorbike drivers organized by its structure on Saturday, October 14, 2017 in Douala. The event chaired by Kim Noun Nana Thierry, secretary general of the Littoral region and representative of the governor in the proceedings room of the company based in Basso district, gathered more than a hundred drivers residing in Douala. Guinness Cameroon SA also took the opportunity to give these carriers reflective vest. According to the boss of Guinness Cameroon, this is an effective tool for reducing the risk of accidents because it allows day and night for the person riding the bike to enjoy greater visibility on the road.


“Your commitment is proof that we can count on Guinness Cameroon,” said Willy Kenner, president of the motorcycle drivers of Douala 5th district. The latter took the opportunity to call the brewery to accompany of Douala in the process of obtaining driving licenses. While recalling the importance of the mode of transport by motorcycle in the city of Douala and in the remote areas, the secretary general of the Littoral region called the beneficiaries of these chasubles to make good use of it. “These chasubles are not just clothes. I invite you to make good use of it to reduce the accident rate in Cameroon, “said Kim Nana Thierry.


In five years, Guinness Cameroon says it has already distributed nearly 200 thousand high visibility vests to motorcycle drivers in Cameroon. “We are trying to do our best to assist the state in this effort to secure the road,” said the CEO of Guinness Cameroon. Throughout his speech, he has repeatedly called on motorcycle drivers to avoid any alcohol consumption when they are called on to drive. The representative of the regional delegation of the Littoral transport at this event hailed this initiative which frames according to him with the objectives fixed by the Ministry of Transport.


Police training the tractor drivers for Road safety

Four policemen in safety vest spend the week at Agricultural High School training young tractor drivers with rural aspects of the Highway Code. Ride and descend carefully from the cabin, check the weight of the load, check blind spots when maneuvering in reverse … Four police officers, specifically CRS, spend the week at the agricultural school to give road safety courses to students who, for the most part, already drive tractors.


“There is no” tractor “license in France, says Brigadier Jacques Provost. From the age of 16, a youngster can drive a tractor up to 40 tones if he is attached to a farm. In general, they are trained more or less quickly by their parents or the training supervisors. They often take bad habits. We, we come to thwart them! ”

The day alternates theory and practice: “We do not teach them how to use the tractor for work on the farm or in the fields, but we talk to them about the rules of the road to keep the road safety, which they are subjected like all drivers: farmers spend 25 % of their time on the road, the farms are growing, they buy farms in the neighboring villages, etc. Much emphasis is placed on reversing: visual inspection of blind spots and use of mirrors with a towed tool. Every year, there are 15 to 20 accidents in France where farmers crush their children. It’s terrible and the figure does not go down. There is a race for performance with speed and overload. Tractors, in principle limited to 40 tones, sometimes damage the weighbridges intended for 50 tones. They are 60 or 65 tones in fact. There is no technical control for the rolling stock.


“For the overload nobody is in order, confirm the apprentices in BEPA who were trained yesterday. As long as it does not overflow, we charge! Same for the height of the straw, it’s good as long as it goes under the wires. Put on the safety belt, have the gray card, a triangle and a yellow vest in the cabin: the young people smile. “This is the demonstration; you have to look behind, and so on. But if you take that long time to carry the straw boots, the boss will not be very happy. ”



Police officers handed out reflective vests

Bearing in mind the road safety of pedestrians and cyclists, the Road Traffic Division of morrow, together with the Sorrow District Office, conducted the “Road show” action.


The “Kick the Road” action was conducted on 20 and 23 December. During these operations, Road Patrols serving at selected points of the county roads paid particular attention to unprotected road users, cyclists and pedestrians. These people were given reflective safety vests purchased from the funds of the district office. Activities in addition to police officers were attended by representatives of the District Office in morrow.


How important it is to see the cyclist or the pedestrian on the road in time that does not need to be persuaded. The reflective vests allow the driver to see cyclists and pedestrians at dusk at night and weather conditions that limit visibility.



Traffic will distribute this year 2000 vests to pedestrians

Person over 65 years of age, dressed in dark clothing that walks near his house alongside roadsides, without a reflective vest and crosses outside the pedestrian crossings. It is the most common profile of fatalities due to abuse in Galicia, one of the accidents in which the General Directorate of Traffic (DGT) focuses its awareness campaigns. So far this year, five pedestrians have died in the community, wounded by a vehicle, which in only two months accounts for 35% of the 14 fatalities in all of 2015.


None of them wore a vest, so from Traffic they have decided to reinforce the awareness of the pedestrians about the importance of making themselves visible to the drivers with a joint campaign with the Junta that includes the distribution of 2,000 vests during this year -400 before Week Santa- and talks in the town councils, especially in those that concentrate more black points of outrages. It will be an information campaign in which it will not be fined, although in the cases of recidivists “other measures will have to be taken”, according to warned yesterday the Government delegate in Galicia, Santiago Villanueva.


Traffic last year designed a risk map of abuses involving half a hundred Galician town councils. As explained yesterday by the Lieutenant Colonel of the Civil Guard Association of Traffic in Galicia, Javier Molino, the actions in the most conflictive nuclei with the reinforcement of the surveillance or the improvement of the infrastructures explain that in the current map only repeat five municipalities, despite the fact that the total number round again half a hundred when analyzing the 170 serious and slight violations of 2015.


The dispersion in Galicia, the aging of the population and the complex road network – with 17,000 kilometers of main network and 55,000 of interurban and local – are, according to Villanueva explains, the causes that explain the high numbers of abuses in the community although it qualified That the 14 pedestrians killed in 2015 are three less than the previous year and 72% below the 50 recorded in 2005.


Molino points out that these “singularities” place Galicia five points above the national average each year in terms of deaths due to abuses. For this reason, it is important to insist that users use these elements also when it is daytime – not only from dusk, when it is obligatory due to the loss of visibility – in order to avoid any failure of the driver.


In the educative talks, the agents will remind the elderly people of the importance of always wearing a safety vest and also walking on the left and in case there is always a circular walk through it. This group is the most vulnerable to abuse by having less mobility to react and less vision to calculate the distance of the vehicle. In addition to the talks focused on this group, for Lieutenant Colonel Molino it is “fundamental” that the environment of the elderly remind them how to walk and cross the road. In the same vein, the head of Traffic in A Corunna and head of the DGT in Galicia, Victoria Gomez Debarred, said that “family support” helps to overcome the “rejection” of the elderly to the vest for being “a Flashy garment “but that can be your” lifesaver “.


The Ministry of Environment will put the 2,000 vests of the campaign available to the agents, an action included in the road safety plan 2016-2020 of the Junta that also plans to build 170 kilometers of pedestrian paths. The Ethel insisted that nothing can substitute “the caution” of pedestrians and drivers. In the case of the latter, lowering the speed to 50 km / h where there are houses and people transit reduces by half the number of pedestrians killed.



A brochure collects safety tips for cyclists.

The Government of Navarra has published a brochure, with the motto “Live safely by bike”, with safety vest and recommendations for cyclists, a group that between 2010 and 2015 has recorded 169 accidents in Navarra, with 12 people dead, 38 severe injuries and 124 minor injuries.


The triptych, which has been edited 32,000 copies, has versions in Spanish (24,000 units) and Esker (8,000 units), emphasizes the use of helmet, visibility (lighting, clothing and reflective), avoiding distractions (Use of mobile phones and headphones) and not to drive under the effects of alcohol and / or drugs.


It will be distributed in educational centers, health centers, cycling clubs (through the Cycling Federation of Navarre), bicycle sales and repair shops, Polo Park, and other entities and groups related to cycling. The publication of this publication is one of the initiatives taken within the working group on cycling safety created a year ago in the framework of the Navarre Road Safety Strategy.


Helmet use reduces mortality by 85%

As regards the helmet, the publication recalls that its use is always mandatory for children less than 16 years of age and, in the case of older people, when traveling by road. The hull must be well secured and must be approved by the EC. As he recalls, helmet use reduces mortality by 85% and risk of head injuries by 70%. Distractions are the first cause of accident and the elements that are most frequently involved in it are the mobile phone and the headset. In addition, the use of both objects is prohibited when cycling.


Ensuring visibility is another of the recommendations, since some of the accidents occur because drivers do not see cyclists. To do this, remember the need to install lighting on the bike. Specifically, the regulations in force require a white position light on the front, a red position light on the rear, and also on the rear a red reflector that is not triangular.


Also recommend wearing light clothing, especially yellow or orange of high visibility and, if possible, use reflective vest. Finally, reference is made to the consumption of alcohol and drugs, indicating that the driving of bicycles under the effect of these substances constitutes a serious fault. The maximum permitted alcohol rate is 0.25 mg in expired air.