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The retro reflector reflects the light back into direction of the light source.

Retro reflectors provide safety only as they are of certain optical quality, which means that they can be seen at certain minimum distance (140 m according to the studies in Scandinavia).

The measurement of quality: CE-standard for "High-visibility accessories for non-professional use", which states the minimum requirements for pedestrian reflectors, for reflecting values, water tightness, markings, etc. The standard requires an extensive testing series, according to which the reflector is tested and after these tests, it still has to obtain the min. requirement of reflecting value, which is 400 C.I.L.. Only CE-certified reflectors can be qualified as reflectors or safety items.

THE DISTANCES AT WHICH A PEDESTRIAN CAN BE SEEN IN THE DARK

With main beam:
A pedestrian with a reflector can be seen at a distance of about 300 m
without a reflectors at a distance of max. 100 m, situation changes when there is
on coming traffic.

With dipped beam:
With a reflector at a distance of about 150 m.
Without a reflector only 20-40 m.

There is a time gap between seeing and reacting! If driving at 80 km/h the car moves 22 m in one second, which gives the driver hardly no time to react. When using a reflector the driver has 5 seconds more time to react and act!

THE RISK OF PEDESTRIANS GETTING INTO ACCIDENT IN THE DARK

The risk of getting into accident in urban areas during the dark time is twice as high as during daytime. Outside urban areas the risk is even higher!

The risk of getting into an accident in the dark without using reflectors is 6-7 higher compared to when using one.

All studies show that it is equally important to use reflectors also in urban areas.

Persons killed or injured in traffic accidents are almost always without reflectors.

Pedestrian deaths in traffic in Finland during 1986-1990 have been studied and the results show that 20 % of the victims would have been saved when using reflectors.

Different kinds of reflectors complete each other, when they are of good quality.

According to Finnish studies the number of deaths and injuries could be reduced by 25% by increasing the reflector usage from 60% to 80%.

View history of PEDESTRIAN REFLECTORS here.