Police organize "days of visibility"

Because in the dark the risk of accidents of pedestrians and cyclists is about three times higher than during the day, the police and other partners to organize for the first time nationally the "days of visibility", from Tuesday to Thursday.

The parish is also present. There, the community, the Senior Citizens Council and the Solidarity Association for Crime Prevention (SSK) participate in two actions on Wednesday. From 7 am to 8 pm, the designated protagonists stand in front of the school campus and draw the pupils' attention to their visibility as pedestrians and cyclists.

Tips and suggestions on possible improvements to clothing and bicycles are given, according to a police statement. The advice is to use bright reflective clothing which made of reflective materials. Reflective tapes can still be seen 140 meters away. The recognizability of dark clothing, however, is only about 25 meters. The second act follows the assignment in front of the school campus. From 8 am to 9.30 am, interested people can seek advice on the marketplace.

Another site for action, where the Dekra branch is in autofocus. The Dekra is one of the partners of the action.  

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Caution is required

The Society de l 'assurance automobile du Québec, including Controlee router Québec, as well as the Association of Quebec Police Directors, the Police Department of the City of Montreal, and Parents-Secours invite parents to attend. Ensure that their children respect the safety rules on the streets on Halloween night. They also remind drivers that they must be particularly cautious and vigilant that day.
Tips for children

To be visible, wear reflective clothing with reflective tapes.

Wear short clothing to avoid tripping.

Put on makeup rather than wearing a mask to see and hear well.

Use a flashlight to better see and be more visible.

Inform his parents of his journey and the time of his return.

Ring doors in groups or with an adult and always wait outside the houses.

Walk one side of the street at a time and avoid crossing unnecessarily.

Cross the streets at intersections and respect road signs.

Refuse to approach a vehicle or board a vehicle without permission from parents.

Check with your parents the treats received to make sure you can eat them safely.

Tips for parents:

Play the interactive game "Good, good" advice with your children to help them become familiar with the safety rules.

Tips for drivers:

Be alert: children can be difficult to see.
Slow down to avoid accidents.
Be patient and courteous.  

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Marhnos places Reflective Tapes in heavy transport

To reduce the risk of driving in the rain, for the third consecutive year the developer and international infrastructure administrator places free signage in these vehicles

As part of the prevention actions in the rainy season to ensure a safe and reliable traffic on the Palin-Escuintla highway, the company managing this route, Marine, installed a service station at kilometer 56 to place transport free of charge heavy reflective tapes, whose main objective is to make this type of cars visible under low visibility conditions to avoid accidents.

According to Juan Martinez, general manager of Merinos Guatemala, these forecast actions are part of their commitment to responsible administration and maintenance of the Palin-Escuintla highway, in which the care and protection of users are a priority. Reflective materials that are placed freely comply with international norms and standards related to high visibility and their use contribute significantly to reduce traffic accidents. That is why the use of these is even required by law in different countries, including Guatemala.

The assistant manager of operations, Lottie, explained that these tapes take advantage of a property of light called reflection, by means of which the rays of light impinge on the tape and are reflected perpendicularly. Hence, the vehicles that carry these tapes are visible in front of the lights of other vehicles or any other source of light, which is vital in situations of low visibility, as in the case of rain. "Driving with rain is always a risk and more when the change of season comes because this weather phenomenon makes it difficult to drive and drive. In fact, the statistical evidence that rain is what causes more accidents as the visibility is reduced and the driver's reaction capacity to. That is why it is important that heavy transport is properly marked. "said Lottie.

Although the rain is more dangerous at the beginning, it is always important to take the following precautions when driving in the rain:

Increase the safety distance with other vehicles, because, on a wet road, the car needs more distance to stop safely.
Reduce speed, as rain significantly reduces visibility.
Avoid sudden and sudden braking, because of the rain the roads become slippery.
Keep the windows clean and without fog because the rain dulls and fogs them.
Activate calls for roads or emergency light when the rain is too strong to be seen by other vehicles without difficulty.
Keep tires, brakes, and dampers in perfect condition to circulate more reliably and safely.  

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Students put on reflective vests

In school buses, the Regional Council of Normandy is considering harmonizing practices between the five departments for better student safety.

A few days ago, the mayor of Sainte-Suzanne, near Saint-Lô, was alarmed. The competence of school transport, formerly provided by the Departments, was taken over by the Region a little over a year ago. And at the beginning, no distribution of reflective vest for new students. In the Channel, where the county council had taken this habit by making the wearing of the vest mandatory, we oscillated, especially in rural areas, between astonishment and anxiety.

At the Region, we need a little patience, "the time for us to harmonize practices and objectives in the five departments". Until now, yellow vests with reflective materials were managed very disparately in Normandy. Here by the commune, there by the international, elsewhere by the Department.

What will happen then after this year of transition? "Not sure that vests are distributed to everyone. It would have a cost, explains the transport department of the Region, which does not see this approach as a priority. The subject is to do prevention. It is not limited to the vest but also includes the behavior of children and young people. That's what we want to go to first. While waiting to learn more, parents are invited to equip their offspring or to pass the vest from the largest to the smallest.

Another harmonization is expected in the field of school transport: the price, currently very different from one department to another. That day, some will laugh yellow, like vests with the reflective tape.  

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The police, in the interest of the safety of children who started the new school year, proposed a surprise. In order to start learning, the policemen prepared a "phone contest" for the youngest, which was connected with traffic rules.

Children aged 6-8 were calling the indicated number to the press officer. First, you had to enter the competition slogan "Safeway to school", and then show your knowledge, because the policewoman asked a few questions about the basic rules for getting around the roads. The finalists were a total of seven children: Barros, Sebastian, Nadia, Oskar, Lena, Martina and Veronica.

The winners were invited together with the guardians to the Police Headquarters. There, during a tour of the unit, there was an opportunity to learn not only about the tasks of individual departments in the police, visit the object, but also meet the policemen of prevention or traffic, informs Isabella, a press officer of the district police commander.

The children were also greeted by the commander of the inspectorate. Marci, who in the presence of the head of the Road Traffic Department, comrade: Sebastian and one of the coordinators of the National Map of Safety Hazards asp. Radius, he gave children gift packages containing: board game "Safe town", reflective vests and reflective tapes, educational lesson plans, pens with emergency numbers. All this was funded by the sacristy, which each year allocate funds for preventive measures, ie preventing threats.  

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You can only take your child on a motorcycle if he is over 7 and over 12 in case you are not the child's guardian.

Many drivers doubt whether they can take their children on a motorcycle as a passenger, for example, to be able to take them to school safely and avoid traffic jams. To begin, we must verify that our motorcycle or moped is approved to carry a passenger.

Regarding the age of the child, as a general rule, who is older than 12 years old and as an exception, if they are 7 years old they can be passengers on a motorcycle as long as the driver of that motorcycle or moped is their father, their mother, their guardian or persons of legal age authorized by them.

Accessories and useful equipment
It is not mandatory, but to take your child safely to school you can put a reflective vest, reflective tapes on arms or legs or in the backpack, for example. It will help the child and the motorcycle to be seen and to make other drivers aware of the position, the trajectory of the motorcycle and the presence of a child, so that they maintain a prudent distance. It is also worth bearing in mind that not all children come with their legs to the footrest, so there are accessories on the market such as extension arms or special seats that hold the child better and have higher foot rests.

The ideal posture
The position of the child on the motorcycle as a passenger should always be astride and behind the driver, with the feet resting on the side footrests. We must ensure that the driver is properly gripped, which is safer than holding on to the bike, and teaching him not to move sideways with sudden movements, in addition to not being distracted. The best thing is to practice before and always explain everything they should do until they assimilate it and be a natural behavior. Be careful with your driving style, especially when you take a child: foresight and smooth handling. Respect for traffic regulations is fundamental to teach responsibility and raise awareness.

The helmet
The helmet is not only an obligatory safety element (which has some reflective materials on it), it saves lives and reduces the effects of an accident. Never takes your child without a helmet. To make you an ideal, 85% of the total deaths due to the consequences of brain injuries from a motorcycle accident, is due to not having used the helmet. The child must wear a helmet, adapted to the size of his head and not an adult.

Carrying a backpack on a motorcycle is not always recommended, not only for balance or aerodynamics, but also because any unforeseen event or fall can be dangerous, especially when it is overloaded. Check your child's backpack before taking him to school and make sure he takes only what is necessary. Then, you should bear in mind that the safest way to carry a backpack or any other extra load on the bike is to carry a trunk in the back, saddlebags on the sides of the bike. If the available site of the motorcycle allows it and your child's backpack is small, fix it with a net.  

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"Superheroes" of the newspaper in a reflective jacket

"We are used to superheroes with long cloaks and tight suits with strange super powers, but there are some who simply have a yellow reflective jacket with reflective tape."

We are looking for new civic assistants, "superheroes" of the newspaper in a reflective jacket.

We are used to superheroes with long cloaks and tight suits with strange super powers, but there are some who instead simply have a yellow reflective jacket with reflective material, generous people who have chosen to be an active part of the well-being of our city. Whom are we talking about? Civic assistants, those figures who, in a silent and discreet way, provide assistance in many social activities

Civic assistants in a free way, trained and qualified with special course, collaborate in close contact with the Municipal Police and the Municipality, ensuring active and vigilant presence in the area. Founded in association in 2009, they have been active more than ever in 2017. Many initiatives have been attended, for example, for safe crossings in front of the Franciscan schools, Celia and the Bargain primary school. They have been present and supervised in many sporting events and the international Triathlon 'Ironman' competition in Cesena, just to name a few. Collaborate with the Municipal Administration and Neighborhoods in the leafleting and dissemination of institutional information for the Municipality or as supervision at the festival of trees in the Cava District and other initiatives promoted by the Neighborhoods. Moreover, with the collaboration of refugees and asylum seekers welcomed, they cleaned up the city from weed from sidewalks and abandoned waste.

"There are 35 associated volunteers, of whom 15 are active on a regular basis, which in 2017 involved over 3300 volunteer hours distributed in approximately 1700" services "- explains Vane, coordinator - Many people who have joined us in these years, even refugees. But today we find ourselves in need of new volunteers, of people who lend even one hour of their time. Our appeal goes to all those who love the city, everyone can become civic assistants without exception ". The Civic Assistants then look for other volunteers to support the services already active and if possible expand them for the year 2018.

On Monday 22nd January at 8.45 pm at the headquarters, a meeting will take place to present the free course to become a volunteer civic assistant. "Being a civic assistant is also a way to be an active citizen - to speak is the Mayor - the civic assistants are an important aspect for our city and in recent years has become much more than a volunteer, are people who they have chosen to play an active role and are an example of the civic sense ". "I would just add two words that encompass the sense of civic assistants: living and sharing. They are inhabitants of a territory that actively shares an example of promotion and civic sense ", concludes the Welfare Councilor Mascagni.  

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How to act if you have hit an animal in Spain

It sometimes happens that you get involved in a collision between an animal and a vehicle, in most cases with a car. But what should you do if that happens and who is liable? It turns out that not many people know exactly, so it's time for a short explanation. The most frequent collisions with animals in Spain are those with dogs or cats and also horses, cows and wild boar that are increasingly common on the Spanish roads.

There is nothing worse than driving on a road and coming into collision with or another vehicle, cyclist or stray animals. According to the Spanish traffic service DGT, there were at least 856 accidents involving animals in 2017, some with fatal consequences for both the animals and the occupants of a vehicle. The chance of an accident with a running animal is quite large in Spain as there are many roads that cross a natural landscape.

Hunting season
Most accidents take place in the spring, autumn and winter during which it is somewhat quieter in the summer when it comes to animals on the roads. One of the reasons why more accidents occur on the Spanish roads outside the summer is the hunting season. In the aforementioned seasons may be hunted in Spain which often causes animals to flee and then panic roads with all the consequences. On most roads there are road signs indicating that animals can cross the road but most people do not look at it. In addition, in Spain you also have to be extra alert when there are signs along the road with the text "coto de caza" which means that there is a hunting area.

Which animals
In Spain most of the accidents involving animals are caused by a collision with wild boar and roe deer but it also happens that collisions take place between vehicles and cows, horses, sheep and of course smaller animals such as dogs, cats and rabbits. In some places, it is also possible to collide with the protected Iberian Lynx, especially in the south of Spain.

Most accidents happen when an animal suddenly crosses a road and a car driver can no longer avoid the collision. On the contrary, and therefore drive something against it. In addition, there are also accidents when a car driver tries to bypass a dog, cat or other animal that has already been hit by driving around and then driving somewhere. According to the association of companies that take care of the maintenance of the Spanish roads, 1000 animals are killed every day on the roads.

What to do
As mentioned earlier, an accident can take place in two ways: either a direct collision with an animal or by trying to avoid it and then get an accident. Of course, it is always best to reduce the speed and keep the eyes extra open to be aware of possible surprise on those roads where it is indicated that animals can walk on the road. But that is unfortunately not always enough and it can still happen that a collision takes place. Some tips from the Spanish DGT (Traffic Service).
The most important thing is to prevent it by paying extra attention and always anticipating traffic.

Avoid using a horn when seeing an animal on the road. This can frighten an animal and react uncontrollably by acting in panic.

If a collision has occurred and it is a heavy animal or an animal of large size, then 112 (police) to call who then send help. In the case of smaller animals, it is advisable to take them to a veterinarian or call 112 (police) who will do this for you.
Is there an animal on the road and has not been hit yet, then slowly passes over so that it does not scare.

If you see an animal walking over the road, pay extra attention because often they do not walk alone and unexpectedly a second or third animal can arrive.

If a collision is unavoidable, brake hard and also push the clutch all the way to go straight ahead and not to turn left or right. If it is not safe to do this action, such as with more traffic behind you, try not to avoid the animal because it can lead to dangerous situations.

If the collision has taken place, make sure everything goes safely afterwards by wearing a reflective vest, placing warning triangles which are made of reflective materials and calling in for help without jeopardizing your car.

If a collision has occurred then there is often damage, but who is responsible for that damage. The owner of an animal is (risk) liable for the damage the animal inflicts on others. Debt plays no role in this. A possessor is someone who keeps the animal for himself. Usually this will be the owner. But it can also be the man's keeper, for example, who uses your horse for lessons. The neighbor boy who is exhausting your dog is not a possessor. He does not keep the dog for himself. There are cases where the owner is not liable. This is the case with, for example, force major or severe weather.

Pets are not only dogs and cats, but also farm animals such as horses, cows and sheep. The owner is liable, because the pet has caused the damage. For example, when the dog suddenly crosses the road. We call this risk liability. The owner must compensate the damage. The claimant must prove that the animal has caused damage. So make a note of witness evidence directly for a testimony. It is important for pets to wear clothing with reflective materials or reflective tapes.

Animals that live in the wild (deer, roe deer, wild boar, etc.) do not own. There is therefore not liable party to turn to for compensation. With a full or limited insurance it is possible to claim the damage with your car insurance. The policy conditions state whether this type of damage is covered.  

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Transporter captures a dark-clad pedestrian

A pedestrian has been hit by a car and injured on Tuesday morning. The cause of the accident claimed to have seen the lady dressed in black, without any reflective materials on clothing went outside in the dark.

The accident happened shortly after 7am on the main street when the 60-year-old woman parked her car at the house number 72 on the side of the road, got out and crossed the street, ignoring the traffic flow.

The 39-year-old driver of the approaching VW Transporter recognized the "dark figure" too late. He caught the passer-by with the front bumper of his vehicle. This caused the woman to fall - she fell to the ground and suffered minor injuries. The 60-year-old was taken as a precaution to the nearest hospital. About the nature and severity of her injuries is not known.

At the transporter there was no detectable damage. The driver got away with the shock. Because of the rescue measures and the accident recording it came in the traffic to short-term traffic obstructions.

The police appeal to pedestrians and motorists in this context: more caution - more consideration! Especially in the dark season is in local thoroughfares, busy streets and near schools and kindergartens increased care! Drivers should adjust their pace, watch the roadside and be ready to brake. Conversely, pedestrians should always take into account that they cannot be perceived as well by motorists due to the lighting conditions - especially if they wear dark clothes. So it is important to wear a reflective vest at night. Reflective tapes that can be attached to the outerwear help to improve visibility. And if in doubt, you'd better wait for a moment on the roadside until the car is over instead of risking an accident.  

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Reflective umbrellas to make pedestrians visible

Ethel ordered a series of reflective umbrellas which made of reflective materials to make pedestrians aware of the need to be seen on rainy days.

One of the umbrellas was sent to the Director General of Traffic, Gregorio Serrano, who yesterday posted a photo on Twitter and publicly congratulated "the Xunta de Galicia and Ethel for the magnificent initiative to provide high visibility umbrellas to Galician pedestrians”.

The umbrella is manufactured by Umbrella Cabrillo, a Galician company that also designs reflective tapes that can be attached to an umbrella. Rogelio Cabrillo, one of the owners of the company, explained to La Voz that for years they are concerned about road safety and that this idea was strengthened by a proposal from a Civil Traffic Guard. People who use reflective umbrella can easily to be seen at night, so if you do not want to wear reflective vests, use this reflective umbrella can play the same important role in our lives.   

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