2018年06月04日

Police in safety vests puts road users in the light

In recent years, motor vehicles and bicycles with poor or incorrectly adjusted lighting devices have been increasingly found in the Hannover region. In order to improve the visibility in traffic, the police in safety vests are carrying out more checks by the end of October.

The A and O of the dark season are the "seeing and being seen". Due to the early onset of darkness, coupled with often-adverse weather conditions with fog and rain, the visibility of road users is often reduced. Proper lighting on cars and bicycles is just as essential as appropriate clothing of pedestrians to be easily visible to others.

In order to improve the visibility of motor vehicles, the Central Association of the German Motor Vehicle Industry has been running the 2017 Light Test in cooperation with the traffic guards since the beginning of October 2017. Motorists in high visibility vest have the opportunity to have the lights on their vehicles checked by participating in a free light check in participating car companies. The police department Hannover expressly supports this action.

Traffic department officer Franz Behrens speaks from professional experience: "In previous inspections on every third vehicle, the lighting was found to be alarming." Defective brake lights can lead to rear-end collisions and incorrectly, adjusted headlights dazzle other road users." For this reason, drivers should definitely use the free test by the end of October and fix defects immediately. However, necessary spare parts and extensive adjustments have to be paid for in the workshops. However, with the onset of darkness, the risk of being overlooked by other road users is increased, especially for cyclists due to their narrow silhouette. For this reason, the Police Directorate Hannover would like to sensitize Rader to a special degree and point out the dangers of lack of visibility.

Bicycles must be equipped with a headlamp, a tail light, and a reflector when participating in road traffic. The reflector can be integrated in the tail light. To ensure that bicycles can be seen laterally in the dark, the spokes must be provided with reflectors or the tires with retro-reflective white stripes. In addition, all bikers and pedestrians can improve their visibility by wearing bright and reflective clothing as well as a safety vest.



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