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New Law Requires Reflective Vests on Federal Highways

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A new federal law requires everyone from television crews to firefighters to wear reflective vests on the side of highways. Everyone who works on a federally funded roadway must wear a reflective vest.

Every year about 100 workers are killed and more than 20,000 are injured in highway and street construction this new law aims to change that.

"Essentially what it means is anyone that's in the right-of-way of a federal highway needs to wear some type of a reflective vest or garment to make sure people can see them when they are out there," said Lt. Jay Cabezuela, WA State Trooper.

On highways like 395 where bikes are permitted, cyclists also need to wear reflective clothing.

"If you are a cyclist, you are sharing the road with vehicles and with it getting dark out now at 4 or 5 o'clock it's very important to have reflective clothing on," said Daniel Cooler, Scott Cycle and Sports.

Vests can be purchased at sports stores like REI, Sports Authority, and Scott Cycle and Sports.

"Most people will do either real bright colors like green. The reflective piping you see on the shoulders a lot of times you will have reflective piping in the labeling on the back of the jersey," said Cooler.

Police are not required to wear the vests for traffic stops, but on accident scenes or when they know they are going to be on a roadside for awhile.

"It's real quick you can throw it right over your uniform and then take it off when your done, but it provides enough protection for the people that are going to be out there on the roadways," said Lt. Cabezuela.

Even T.V. news crews need to have a vest on if they are on the side of the highway or freeway.