The Civil Guard Traffic distributes them among pedestrians who use rural roads at night. 

Pass from half past eight. It has not yet fully dawned and a neighbor of Campo Limeira, accompanied by her young son, leave home, crossing the PO-223 to reach the canopy where they will wait for the school bus. The image came yesterday and was observed by a patrol of the Civil Guard Traffic Monteverdi. The agents informed the mother that the legislation provides that such displacements, however short they may be, is compulsory to carry a reflective garment. While regaling him a vest for her and her small, this acknowledged he was unaware compulsory measure.

Similar situations are being found daily patrols of traffic when walking the roads of Monteverdi. "The campaign began taking advantage of the change of time and the fact that there are fewer hours of sunlight. Are distributed every day because pedestrians that have to be made visible to drivers must be made aware, "said First Sergeant Mariano. The head of subsector crowded traffic, civil guard who was accompanied by Javier Fernandez, said that is why the initiative is carried out 'between sunset and sunrise. “Recipients of reflective vests are those pedestrians passing through urban roads outside town.

From his experience in pongee roads, Mariano Jimenez is convinced that these information campaigns are permeating, so that it is increasingly common to see pedestrians using some type of clothing or reflective piece. This effort traffic is doubling in some previous days at a time complicated expected to circulatory level throughout the province by the proximity of the weekend celebrating the Constitution and the holidays. "You cannot let your guard down. Galicia is one of the deadliest regions that recorded violations and pedestrians must be made aware. "

It is clear that a reflective vest or clothing can save lives. In this regard, he recalled that their use is mandatory, so the possibility of punishment with a fine of 80 Euros a violation of this provision is intended. "When a person you communicate you will you denounce for not wearing the vest does not assimilate so pleasant. People have to get used to their use is mandatory, "he said, while added that although" there have been any penalty for failure to use the vest "in principle are limited to reporting.

 

In any case, the Civil Guard Traffic considers that there is an area where a larger impact this problem, but it is something generic to the entire rural. "It is a widespread situation," he insisted.

What they do have very defined is the profile of the person exposed to being hit, which corresponds to an adult over 65 years, wearing dark clothes and does not employ a reflective vest or a bright object. At this age, people often start and to present mobility problems, loss of reflexes and visual acuity deficit, circumstances that greatly increase the risk of abuse.

To overcome this statistical black, First Sergeant Jimenez is clear to follow a series of recommendations. And not only is that reflective clothing to dress or a lighting device is used, it is advisable to exercise extreme caution when crossing a road. Even if it is a zebra crossing or a crossing regulated by traffic lights, "Wait turns green for pedestrians to make and even then you have to look both ways before crossing well. Although they have right of way, they should ensure that there are no risks. "

As for the dangers, in the case of the region of Monteverdi, the Civil Guard has encountered in recent years the proliferation of conduct which, ultimately, can be fatal. 

And, a while now, it has been observed as more and more pedestrians, who use helmets or headphones with music or radio programs, cross the road without looking both ways. "Sometimes, suddenly he breaks into the driveway and they get in front of a car." And in an accident at 80 kilometers per hour, the probability of dying is 95%, which is reduced to 50% when speed is 50.