Pedestrians must be highly visible – safety charity

FLUORESCENT clothing is being recommended by road safety charity Living Streets, as the clocks go back tomorrow.

Staff at Grant Thornton wore their brightest clothes to the office yesterday to raise money for road safety charity Living Streets’ High-Vis Day.   (Picture by Adrian Miller, 28832444)
Staff at Grant Thornton wore their brightest clothes to the office yesterday to raise money for road safety charity Living Streets’ High-Vis Day. (Picture by Adrian Miller, 28832444)

High-Vis Day was held yesterday, encouraging workers to wear their brightest clothes and donate to the charity.

All money raised was to fund high-vis jackets which will be given out for free in the OSA pop-up shop in Smith Street during Road Safety Week, which starts on 16 November.

‘We’ve been very lucky and our first delivery is coming today,’ said Living Streets secretary Pat Wisher yesterday. ‘High-Vis Day is one of our major events of the year. Last year we raised over £1,200 and gave away around 750 vests.’

Dog walkers, cyclists, walkers and commuters should pop by the shop to collect a jacket.

‘Once the clocks change, people will be leaving work in the dark. Even if you drive in, you still cross roads and walk to your car.

‘We hope over 10 years we have made some impact.’

Guernsey roads can be ‘lethal’ due to sharp corners, narrow roads, lack of pavements and cars mounting pavements, she said.

Walking on the right hand side of the road, facing the traffic, is encouraged for safety, except on a blind bend.

Tom Le Pelley, Living Streets chairman, said: ‘Our High-Vis Day is a scheme for different companies to take a dress down day and put a pound or two in the kitty.

‘It’s been tricky getting people to take part this year. However, we have had wonderful donations from Grant Thornton, Bellevue Trust, Investec, Specsavers, Guernsey Post, BDO, and many others who have generously helped.’

New committee member Kit Hobbs works in finance and has helped get businesses involved.

Grant Thornton director Cyril Swale said: ‘We are delighted to support such a worthy cause and have some fun wearing bright clothes at the same time. Being safe has to be a priority for all children on their way to and from school and we are happy to help.’

Pedestrians without high-vis have just 1.5 to three seconds for drivers travelling at 40mph to see them and brake in time to avoid hitting them.

Yellow high-vis offers the best performance over other colours.

Clocks change

British Summer Time ends at 2am tomorrow when clocks go back an hour to Greenwich Mean Time.

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