GA Cyclists, Pedestrians Urged To Wear Bright Gear

By: Associated Press News Email
By: Associated Press News Email

ATLANTA (AP) -- The Governor's Office of Highway Safety is urging cyclists and pedestrians to wear reflective gear.

GOHS officials say there were more than 130 pedestrian fatalities in 2012 and the number accounted for about 11 percent of all traffic deaths that year. Authorities say a majority of cyclist and pedestrian fatalities on a national level happen at night. Officials say about 32 percent happen between 8 p.m. and midnight, and 24 percent happen between midnight and 4 a.m.

GOHS Director Harris Blackwood says winter is the darkest time of year and cyclists and pedestrians should wear reflective clothing to make sure they're visible to drivers.

Officials say Georgia drivers should also remember that a relatively new law requires them to leave at least three feet of space when passing a cyclist.

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