hi vis won't work - evidence
“Hi vis does not work, read this article on 'Inattentive Blindness' citing research evidence:
This proposed law is complete bollocks.:
This misinterpret what I wrote. Hi vis does work and it works great. I spend a lot of time going out on streets and roads to take measurements. I wouldn’t even dream of doing it without my lime-green vest and hat. That would be insanity. While hi-vis clothing does not guarantee that a driver will see you, if greatly increases the probability. In fact, the new hi-vis clothing should be a great help in reducing accidents. It isn't 100% effective, but nothing is. The cause factors in motorcycle accidents are complex and hi-vis clothing won't fix them all. But study after study has shown that lime yellow drastically increases both invisibility and conspicuity and decreases accidents. There simply is no doubt on this issue.
The arguments against adopting lime yellow clothing make no sense. The free choice argument is nonsense. It violate free choice to have road workers wear reflective clothing. It violates free choice to ban drivers using cell phones. It violates free choice for force tractors to have reflective tape. It violate frees choice to force drivers to wear seat belts. It violates free choice to have people stop at STOP signs and red traffic lights, etc, etc. The same free choice argument could be made against virtually every safety intervention. The simple reality is that safety is almost always inconvenient and increases costs.
You also can’t claim that it’s no ones else’s business whether you want to take the risk of being injured or killed by not wearing hi-vis clothing. Well, it is the business of other people. There is cost of the EMT’s, the medical bills, insurance claims, damage to other vehicles and, of course, the inevitable law suit. You want to pay your own medical bills, the police and EMT time, refuse insurance payments and give up the rights to filing any law suits, etc and then you might have an argument, except that there is the effect on your friends and family and other people involved in the accident. There are plenty of people who suffer if you are too stubborn to take sensible precautions.
Lastly, there comments that it’s the drivers’ fault. This is both irrelevant and untrue. If you get killed, who cares whose fault it is? Moreover, blaming drivers is a waste of time. Drivers seldom collide with motorcycles on purpose. Humans are wired up to see certain things in certain ways. It’s who we are. People have limitations and human nature is not going to change anytime soon. Instead of whining about drivers, you should focus on controlling what you can control and taking whatever steps you can. Improving visibility and conspicuity with lime yellow clothing is something you can do to increase your odds. The only thing hard to understand about hi-vis clothing is that it would require legislation to force people into self preservation.