Pedestrian reflectors have been used all over Scandinavia for over 40 years and have proved to cut down the number of accidents between pedestrian and motor vehicle to half. Today personal pedestrian reflectors are used in many countries in the world and they are a cheap life insurance!
Pedestrians are three times more likely to die in a road acci
dent than other road users.
The risk to get hit or killed by a car increases three times in darkness.
Already at twilight the risk increases.
40% of all pedestrian accidents happens when it is dark.
Whether daytime, dawn, dusk, foul weather, or at night, you need to be seen by others.
Remember, just because you can see the driver doesn’t mean the driver can see you.
8 out of 10 drivers who struck people at night didn’t see them.
Speed and visibility is crucial.
Driving at 40 km/h that gives the driver only 2 seconds to react. A pedestrian reflector can be seen shining 125 metres in the headlights giving the driver a full 10 seconds to react, to adjust speed and give the pedestrian space.
Whit higher speed the distance to react will be reduced!
At 80km/h the driver has only at most 5 seconds to react.
More children between the ages 5-14 die as a result of being struck by a motor vehicle than from any other cause, natural or accidental.
Small children because of their size and that their cognitive and perceptual abilities not are fullydeveloped.
Elderly children and youngsters because they often are distracted by headsets, mobile phones and walking in groups talking and not focusing on the traffic, they are also more often out on the streets in the evening after nightfall.
Pedestrian reflectors can make it much safer and help prevent accidents where children and traffic meets.
A person walking in lowlight conditions, wearing dark clothes is first seen approximately 20-30 meters. In light clothes 60 meters, when it rains even less. With a reflector 125 meters. The reflector is best seen if it sits low and moves. To wear a Pedestrian Reflector is the cheapest life insurance.
A Reflector Saves Lives
Encouraging children and adults to wear reflectors will make them more visibleand can help to provide a lowering of the night time death and injury rate.
The Reflector is simply attached to the garments with a string and a safety pin. It can be storedin the pocket during daylight and pulled out when the light fades.
A Pedestrian Reflector Saves Lives!
Excerpts from Playtime Seychelles road safety project. You can read more about the project in earlier blogs, Label Be Visible Be Safe!
“Kisisa en reflekter?”translated to English means “What is a pedestrian reflector?”and that is the title of the picture book Playtime Seychelles gives to children in primary school together with a pedestrian reflector to encourage children to use a reflector. The book helps children understand why they shall wear a pedestrian reflector and it is written in the children’s own mother tongue creole.
Follow the link and you can read the book in english on Calameo.
We start with a presentation to the teachers about the benefits of pedestrian reflectors and also provide the teachers and their families with personal pedestrian reflectors. We give a book to all class rooms and encourage the teachers to read the book to the children and talk about why it is important to wear a pedestrian reflector before we visit the classroom and give each child a book and a reflector.
At our visit the children are very anxious to tell us what they learnt about pedestrian reflectors and they really have learnt a lot with guidance from their teachers and from the book.
Bel Ombre Primary School
Glacis Primary School
So far we have been giving the book to 2000 children in Primary School by help from a donation from the US Embassy in Mauritius.
Be Visible Be Safe Poster
Outside the postoffice in Victoria
Promoting pedestrians reflectors on the Regatta
Workshop during National Road Safety Week
Donating pedestrian reflector bracelets on the bus station in Victoria to bus passengers and pedestrians
A collaboration between Playtime Seychelles and Seychelles Postal have made it possible to buy a a personal Pedestrian Reflector at Seychelles Postal Office in Victoria. The profit is used to print more Kisisa books.
The project slogan is “Safe in Seychelles” that also is printed on the pedestrian reflector bracelets.
Excerpts from Playtime Seychelles Road Safety project Be Visible Be Safe.
Growing up in Sweden I am used to see the reflection light of pedestrian reflectors in the evening. The reflectors have in fact been used all over Scandinavia for over 40 years and have proved to cut down the number of accidents between pedestrian and motor vehicle to half. Today personal pedestrian reflectors are used in many countries in the world and they are a cheap life insurance! After living in Seychelles for some year I saw how unprotected pedestrian are here especially after darkness. The winding roads without sidewalks, increasing traffic and speed, makes it dangerous to be pedestrian.
The roads are not safe, especially after nightfall, but also in twilight and daylight, during the rainy season.
This was the run up to start the project “Be Visible Be Safe!” a road safety project for children in Primary Schools in Seychelles.Children are the most vulnerable of the pedestrians. Small children because of their size and that their cognitive and perceptual abilities not are fully developed.
Our goal is to make a safer road environment for children. Both human suffering and the costs for the society in form of hospital care, disabilities etc. can be reduced by introducing and encouraging children to use a pedestrian reflector.
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