Reflective Safety Vest

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Impaired Drivers

Think how much harm impaired (drunk, sleepy, drugged) drivers do. They kill innocent people. They hideously disable them. They cause far more grief than serial killers, but we don’t put up much resistance.

Technology, if pushed a little, could come up with a way to block impaired people from driving. To avoid inconveniencing unimpaired drivers, the technology may not make its final decision on whether a driver is impaired until after he has driven a block. As a last ditch way to stop the driver, the technology could summon police aid and give them the GPS (Global Positioning System) position of the car and its description.

The people who fight measures to block drunk drivers are wealthy people who believe they are entitled to drive drunk. We should not surrender to their selfishness.

Happily, the problem will take care of itself, whether we take action now or not, when driverless cars take over.

Hit and Run

Hit and run could disappear as a crime with a minor technological fix. When new cars are made, the computerised paint system should modify the paint formulation slightly, perhaps by adding some mildly radioactive markers to make the paint unique to that vehicle, effectively an encryption of its serial number. When a hit and run victim is found, there would likely be a tiny fleck of paint on them. By chemical or radioactive analysis of the marker chemicals, it would point to a particular vehicle serial number. In most cases that would finger the culprit.

There would come to be no motive for hit and run, so long as the penalty for hit and run were substantially higher than for drunk driving. Today, hit and run is primarily motivated by a desire to escape drunk driving charges.

Pedestrian Safety

I was trapped out in the big Victoria storm of 2014-10 on my bike. I was astounded how so many pedestrians dressed head to toe in black. In the blinding headlights, pelting rain and dark they were all but invisible to bikes and cars. One young cyclist who swerved in front of me was similarly all in black with no lights or reflectors.

We need to start pressing night pedestrians and cyclists to:

  • dress in contrasting colours.
  • Wear a reflective vest over your coat. You can get them at stores such as Mark’s Work Wearhouse that sell clothing for construction workers. Good ones breathe, are water proof, strong, flexible and use super-reflective 3M Scotchlite. Cheap ones are made of vinyl, tear easily and accumulate sweat. The standard pattern of two vertical stripes on the front and an X on the back let drivers know if you can see them.

    A reflective vest is not that onerous or expensive. Mine was on sale and cost about $65. It is completely satisfactory.

    To my astonishment, a handsome young man told me the vest turned him on. I think he meant he supported the idea of bicycle safety, not literally that he was a vest fetishist.

  • Persuade pedestrians, especially children and pets to wear flashing lights. They will find them cool, not geeky.
  • Persuade cyclists to sport flashing lights and reflectors visible from front, side and back.

If you won’t wear reflective gear for yourself, do it for the poor driver who hits you or barely misses you and just about has a heart attack.

Gift of Survival

Why not give reflective gear as gifts to your pedestrian and cyclist friends to let them know you want them to stay alive? The elderly need the most prodding. A gift is emotional blackmail on them to use it.

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