"To wear a reflective vest is a responsibility for pedestrians when moving out of the village under reduced visibility - not only at night, but also in the dark, fog or the like - on the roadside or on the edge of the road in a place not illuminated by public lighting, "The Ministry of Transport said in a press release.
It wants to make it possible to reduce the tragic number of people fleeing, when the victims have paid for not seeing the road well. Between 2012 and 2015, 523 pedestrians died on the roads. "Last year alone, 72 people died, who were not seen at night. A suitable reflective element can save a lot of lives. Seeing and seeing is the basic rule of road safety, "the Ministry urges.
The driver, who meets the walker in black at night, thinks he is about 18 meters in response to an adequate response, which is less than a second at a speed of 70 kilometers per hour.
If the pedestrian is wearing a reflective element, the driver can recognize it for up to 200 meters.
The law does not specify exactly what a pedestrian must wear. Definitely not necessarily a reflex vest, just any reflexive material of distinctive color, ideally for example a reflective strap placed on the leg or hands. However, reflective elements that are part of the garment also suffice. Separate accessories can be purchased for a few tens of crowns, for example, in stationery or sports outlets, trays or petrol pumps.
In the event of a breach of this law, the fine in question will be up to two thousand crowns. "Instead of imposing sanctions, the police patrols will rather talk to people and give them reflective tape and bags to keep the law from breaking and moving safely on the road," The ministry said.
The news is part of a wider amendment to the so-called Road Act, which the Chamber passed last year. Some opposition politicians criticized it as limiting, but transport minister Dan was opposed to not chasing pedestrians, but to protect their lives. BESIP then organized a campaign titled "Do We See?" In which it draws attention to the need for greater pedestrian visibility.