State officials urge pedestrians, cyclists to wear reflective gear



ATLANTA — The Governor’s Office of Highway Safety (GOHS) is joining pedestrian and bicycle safety partners to remind walkers and riders to wear reflective gear as winter continues and days remain darker.

Data shows that in 2012, there were an estimated 132 pedestrian fatalities in Georgia, the majority of which happened at night.

Pedestrians and cyclists can be helped by wearing bright, reflective clothes and making sure reflectors are properly displayed on bicycles.

Additionally, walkers can stay safe by always walking on available sidewalks and crosswalks.

Cyclists can also stay safe by riding with the flow of traffic and signaling their intentions.

“Walking, jogging or riding your bike is a great way to get exercise as well as being a necessity for many people getting to and from work,” said Harris Blackwood, GOHS director. “But we want to make sure people are being safe as pedestrians and cyclists. This is the darkest time of year, so it’s essential that you wear bright clothes and reflective gear to stay safe on our roads.”

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