The utility cyclist wrote:Given how often motorists crash into each other all motorvehicles should be adorned with such before any calls for the vulnerable to be burdened by same.
Well emergency service vehicles such as traffic police, ambulances and fire engines do use high-viz reflective sections to make us see them from further out and when attending accidents on the road at night. Making all vehicles copy similar may cause some issues I'd have thought.
Personally I think hi-viz is of benefit and as a driver I do appreciate the advance notice of a cyclist or ped on a high speed non-pavement road such as in rural areas. It gives much better notice for the required overtake and more distance to adjust speed in a relaxed manner etc. This is particularly important at night where reflectives work well and lighting is not present outside of cars headlamps. I don't think we should always run to the expression "victim blaming" when highlighting the events, conditions and circumstances of an accident..... both parties are involved and each has to be put under scrutiny to learn and improve the situation to avoid it happening in the first place. Motorists should not speed but if someone walks a rural road dressed head to toe in black it's not really doing either side any favours. When accidents are investigated I'd expect an impartial view of either party, so any points raised wouldn't be apportioning blame rather highlighting factors that may have been relevant in the cause.