2017年11月22日

Mandatory porting of reflective vest in vehicles

Although from January 1 all cars must have one, no fines will be issue. Within days of the deadline, demand for the product has doubled. To 17 days that begins to rule the decree that forces motorists to carry in their vehicles a reflective vest, the demand for the product has doubled in stores that sell it.

Given this situation, and considering the proximity of dates in which a large number of people go on vacation, Carabineers explained that during the first weeks in which the rule is in force parties would not sent to those who do not take it.
"A white march will be enforced by this decree. This is how they done with these cases, especially in relation to traffic and what have to do with infractions, "explained Colonel Prefect of Roads and Transit, Enrique Mona. Since Carabineers added that, the control over this issue will have an educational focus.

"There is a greater demand at the moment, but this is a norm that came out in 2014 and for which campaigns are being held to remind people that from January 1 they should wear the vest," the official stressed.
The decree -published in the Official Gazette on September 6, 2014- requires that all vehicles include in their safety kit the reflective vest, but the use of the equipment is only a recommendation, not mandatory, since for this to be the case, that modify the Traffic Law. According to the National Traffic Safety Commission, in the last decade more than six thousand people have died because of road and highway abuses. "This is why this is a priority measure in terms of traffic safety," said Christian Bowen, Undersecretary of Transportation.

From the Ministry of Transport detailed that the change made by decree because it would come into effect more expeditiously than by doing so through a legal change. However, they advanced that during the debate that takes place in the Congress in relation to a project that modifies the Traffic Law - filed last August -, it could include indications on the obligatory nature of the use of the vest.

The price of the vest in the trade varies between $ 1,990 and $. 10,990. From the Easy store, one of the points of sale, indicate, "In recent months there has been more interest in these reflective vests. In fact, in several products of the same category we have an over-demand of 50%.”

Regarding the color of the vest, the decree indicates that it should be yellow and made with fluorescent material. In addition, you must have horizontal bands of a width of not less than 50 centimeters that surround the torso. About the price of the item, Alberto Escobar, public affairs manager of Automobile Club Chile, said it should not exceed $ 5,000. "The cheaper the fluorescent vest will be of lower quality, one with good quality and durability should not exceed that price," he said.

  


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2017年08月28日

OC, helmet and reflective vest will save us

So according to experts from Traffic Safety should dress up a safe cyclist.
Around the subject of cyclists and bicycles has grown many myths. Some are regularly presented as proof that cyclists are evil. A long time ago, we overcame some of them. Now we are taking another.

In practically every discussion on bicycle or bicycle safety, voices pointing to concrete solutions, the introduction of which would ostensibly provide cyclists with road safety or general well-being of humanity. Some of these voices make sense; others thrown by online trolls are completely detached from reality. Today we will deal with the other.

No obligatory cycling card makes cyclists unable to ride
It's a pretty common myth that comes along with almost every discussion about the safety of cyclists or their place on the road.
About how inaccurate data is, for example, is provided by the Police Accident and Collision Reporting System. It follows that cyclists in safety vest have been found guilty of less than half of road events with their participation. In fact, this share has been falling steadily for years - in 2008 it was 47% and in 2011 it was only 43%.

For comparison - the percentage of accidents involving cyclists caused by car drivers is much higher. Drivers cause as much as 54% of road events involving cyclists. And despite the course, passing the exam and holding a license (driving license).

In fact, cyclists themselves often have a bicycle card or a driving license. It is estimated that up to 90% of those who in reflective vest ride bicycles own one of these documents. Besides, with our impaired training system, a cycling card does not give much.

  


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