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Hi-vis clothing vital at night

THE increased rate of road traffic injuries and deaths is tragic. Most winter coats and school uniforms are in dark colours and pedestrians do not realise how invisible they are in the dark.

As a driver, one often only sees something like a white plastic bag being carried, or the reflective eyes of a dog being walked.

Reflective strips on clothing and retro-reflective jackets increase detection by 30 times and car headlights can pick out reflective materials 500 feet away.

There must be campaigns to increase the wearing rates and to make them more available.

MARGARET MARSHALL

Belfast

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