Yesterday (18th of
October) traffic policemen all day ran NURD (short for Unprotected Road
Runner). The action of the Elblag road was directed at pedestrians and
cyclists. Policemen paid special attention to the behavior of drivers in
relation to pedestrians, but they also kept a close eye on whether pedestrians
were breaking the rules of traffic. Every unprotected road user got a reflective
band from the cops.
discovered 27 offenses committed by cyclists and pedestrians. Among them are
passing on the red light, lack of reflective elements outside the built-up
area, lack of lighting in the bike or riding on a paddle. The drivers also
suffered from misconduct, including crossing the pedestrian crossings.
moving outside the built-up area must be equipped with reflective elements - the
rules say. And it's not about sanctioning only for security, and not even the
pedestrian, but the driver who sees him at the last minute can make a maneuver,
"says Sgt. Marcie from the Department of Road Traffic, KMP.
Reflections are an
important element in improving safety. Thanks to them, the driver sees a
pedestrian or cyclist from a distance of up to 150 meters. The person without
glare recognizes, however, from a distance of about 30 meters. It is therefore
worth to use reflectors, keeping in mind those pedestrians, bicyclists, or
motorcyclists in a car crash are always in a lost position. Thanks to the glare
it is visible, thus safer on the road. The obligation to wear reflective vest applies to
all pedestrians who move in the dusk outside the built-up area. This obligation
does not apply to persons traveling on foot intended solely for pedestrians or
on the sidewalk and in the residence zone, as pedestrians may use the full
width of the road and take precedence over the vehicle.