All About Reflectors
CE-Certified for Quality & Safety Rated Pedestrian Reflectors
All the safety products we sell, must be CE-certified. The requirements for Certified pedestrian safety reflectors are stated in the EU personal safety directive. All our reflectors are CE-certified according to the EN13356 standard.
The reflectors works in the way that incoming light is broken three times inside the reflector in its prisms, before the light is then sent back to the eyes of the driver. A proper reflector must have enough reflecting surface and be reflective on both sides as they are designed to hang free and dangle about as you move. According to the standard, the minimum requirement for reflectivity is 400 C.I.L. (coefficient of luminous intensity), which all C Me reflectors exceed. As proof of the approval, the CE letters are engraved on the hard prism reflectors, and printed on our standard packaging. Only CE-certified reflectors, according to EN13356, can qualify as being reflectors and safety items.
All reflectivity values are registered and saved, i.e. the reflectivity values of each production batch can be compared even many years later.
The high quality and excellent reflectivity of safety pedestrian reflectors is the result of large and continuous product development. The reflector production process complies with the ISO9001 quality standard and the ISO14001 environmental standard.
Buyer be aware, some other brands of reflectors may look the same or similar, however, they are not all created equally and reflect the light back in the same manner. Some would not pass the requirement for reflectivity, making them much more of a toy than a safety item!
Technical & Safety Info, How They Work
A car traveling at a speed of 80 km/h moves 22 meters per second. The average reaction time is one second. The physical response takes another second. In this time the car has already traveled 44 meters. On average, a pedestrian without a reflector can be seen at a distance of 30 meters with dipped lights. This leaves the driver with only 1.3 seconds of time to react and respond. With safety Pedestrian Reflectors you have a driver's attention from over 150 meters. This means that the driver has almost seven seconds to react and pass the pedestrian safely. That is a big difference!
Traffic Accident Statistics
- In Canada, nearly 3000 fatalities, and some 15,000 serious injuries resulted from traffic accidents. - Transport Canada's 2006 Statistics
- According to the same statistics, 12.9% of this were pedestrian fatalities, and 12% were serious injuries to pedestrians. Bicyclists fatalities were 2.5%, and 3.3% were serious injuries. - Transport Canada's 2006 Statistics
- In 2007 in British Columbia, there were 1,861 collisions involving pedestrians. There were 2,010 injured or killed (including the occupants of the motor vehicles), with pedestrians accounting for 96.6% of the victims. - ICBC Road Safety Research
- Crash involvement rates (crashes per 100,000 people) are the highest for 5 to 9 year old males, who tend to dart out into the street. This problem may be compounded by the fact that speeds are frequently a problem in areas where children are walking and playing. In general, males are more likely to be involved in a crash than females; in 2003, 69 percent of pedestrian fatalities were male, and the male pedestrian injury rate was 58 percent higher than for females. - Pedsafe, US Department of Transportation, Federal Highways Administration
- Canada's Road Safety Targets To 2010, aims to reduce the number of vulnerable road users (pedestrians, motorcyclist and cyclists) killed or seriously injured by 30%. - An Initiative By Transport Canada And The RCMP
The Hard Facts
- The age groups that have the highest percentage of pedestrian fatalities are children younger than 10 years of age and adults aged 65 and older. Cyclists fatalities have the highest share among children between 6 and 14 years of age. The percentage for these age groups are about twice as high as the average percentages for all age groups. - Safety Net (2009) Pedestrians & Cyclists, Project co-founded by the European Commission, Directorate-General Transport and Energy
- More children between the ages 5 - 14 die as a result of being struck by a motor vehicle than from any other cause, natural or accidental. - The US National Safety Council
- The chances of being struck and killed as a pedestrian increase by 1100% after dark. - The US National Safety Council
- Halloween is the most dangerous day of the year for pedestrian injuries and deaths among children. Children are walking at night and in costumes which may impede their vision and create tripping hazards. - The American College of Emergency Physicians
- 71% of fatal adult pedestrian crashes occurred at dusk or dawn or in areas where visibility of the person was restricted. - AAA Foundation For Traffic Safety
- A car travelling at 48km/h, the chance of being fatally injured as a pedestrian is 45%, at 64km/h this increases to 85% for the pedestrian. - Safety Net, the European Commission, Directorate General Transport and Energy
- 8 out of 10 drivers who struck people at night didn't see them. 90% of motorists who hit people at night are not ticketed for any traffic violations. - Indiana State Police Report