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Steve Farrell  says:

Police target riders for not wearing hi-vis

Police in Sussex have admitted targeting motorcyclists for not wearing hi-vis bibs. The force stopped 150 commuters for not wearing hi-vis gear in a five-day operation and issued each with a bib which they were told they should wear in a road-side lecture. A force spokesman said: “Riders were given a free hi-vis vest and a talk about road safety,...

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Aug 02

Posts: 439

snave says:

ah! I see...

...the purpose of of the police is to target the VICTIMS of crime, not the perpetrators. Thanks for making that so clear. Now to avoid accusations - an in todays litigious societyu possible legal action - how about the plod go back and repeat the exercise with commuters in cars - who they admit are the cause of the accidents. Finally, it's Brighton. Just about every bloody signpost, streetlamp, shop window and home has gaudy dayglo draped over it, hanging from it or stuck to it. How does a dayglo vest aid conspicuity when everything around it is ALSO BLOODY DAYGLO. Cretins. Absolute cretins.

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Sep 09

Posts: 210

GSFK9 says:

I Think

Sussex Police is doing a good Job. :smile

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Feb 09

Posts: 266

ergf says:

Targeting bikers

I dont think its it targeting bikers in a bad way, this is them trying to reduce accidents without using enforcement and assuming its all the bikers fault for riding to fast.

Personally i would rather be stopped and given a free vest than stopped and given a producer for some ridiculous made up offence. Still once they had given me the vest i would probably never wear it, but thats my choice.

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Nov 09

Posts: 146

Potentially irritating

but at least they trying to save us from some pain. No point in targeting car drivers; if they haven't got the message by now, they never will.

(GSFK9 - may I compliment you on the photos on your profile page - highly recc. (to blokes))

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Nov 07

Posts: 541


“Every police car was issued with hi-vis vests,” she said. “The objective of the operation was that if we saw motorcyclists riding without hi-vis clothing, we’d stop them and give them a vest.”



He denied riders not in hi-vis were targeted and said those already wearing hi-vis gear may also have been stopped during the operation last month.


Guy's as thick as the rest of his little Police buddies and clearly can't decide WHAT it was exactly they were all doing harrassing innocent individuals.


European Convention on Human Rights comes into play... Right to compensation...

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Oct 07

Posts: 9

dazfuller says:

If only

Its good to see the police doing something positive like this instead of just giving lectures and warnings. Very positive I think

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Sep 09

Posts: 144

Enemy says:


i think its good that the police are giving out high vis gear and not fines but stopping people on their morning commute (probably to work) for a chat about safety probably isnt the most enjoyable thing. why dont the police go to the biker hangouts (they all know where they are) and hand some out there

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May 09

Posts: 12

rollingpeace says:

don't persecute, assist

Compared to the police in certian (unmentioned) parts of wales this is a brilliant plan,

I come from a family on two wheels and while wearing a high vis jacket will conflict with the style of your gear ( for those who care about that) I have been told by bikers and car drivers alike that it gets their attention which is better than being pasted into the tarmac by a "smidsy" (sorry mate I didn't see you).

I hope the police in london might find a few hours to do the same...

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Oct 09

Posts: 196

TinkerNZ says:

when hi vis ani't hi vis

I've worked in  a wharehouse  where there was so much hi-vis material that a safety vest sometimes just seemed to get lost in it.

I think there needed to be some restraint where it's used. Every year theres more and more of it.

Imagen if every surface was hi-vised in the almighty name of safety, you probably be safer wearing black.

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May 09

Posts: 14

nickyipee says:

Fair enough

Yeah at least the police are trying to do something. Although I have a highly visible leather jacket (red white and blue) and helmet. Not black that alot of riders wear.

Also cant believe the police are still buying the old "I didnt see him guv". Im sorry but thats absolute garbage. Now assuming a rider wasnt doing 120 in 30. Its the car drivers responsibility and they shoul have a lenghy ban if not prison if theyu have killed someone. Witnesses will vouch for any incident as well.


Can MCN get some stats on motorbike accidents please?. i.e 80% at night. 50% in rural area etc. That would give bikers some usefull info.

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