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Pulled over by Mass state police

While taking A ride on saturday I was pulled over by A state cop in rutland Mass. Instead of pulling behind me the officer pulled along side me had me lift my helmet shield and said you are not in trouble. The officer works with insurance companies, does accident recreation investigations, and teaches classes. The trooper pulled me over to ask if I was ok with him taking some pictures of me riding away from him and towards him because I wear hi-viz gear. He took the pictures on A heavily shaded side street, he intends to use the pictures to advocate the importance of being seen in his classes and to the insurance companies. After he was done he thanked me for my time and said be safe.
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That's just ....AWESOME!!!!
Good for you (and all of us) for helping out.

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Their goes your 15 minutes of fame ...

Good cause though !

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I always wear my Hi-Viz Olympia AirGlide, rain or shine, hot or cold. I am a big believer in Hi-Viz. Anyone who questions it should watch any football game on TV. You can INSTANTLY pick out the workers on the fields wearing the hi-viz shirts and vests.
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I use a high vis vest - so I can wear it year round (either a light jacket or suit under it) - We have a lot of military bases near DC, and they require the use of the vest...the added benefit is that the local police assume your are either safety concious (and not the type of idiot that does 100 in rush hour traffic) or one of our servicemen - who get a break over civilians!


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You're definitely right, the highly visible gear does make a big difference. I honestly have been confusing both Cruiseman and Glowcat on some other threads, simply because of their avatar photos. +1 for you guys being more responsible than I am...it may be time for me to start taking measures to increase my own visibility.

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I had a Statey pull me over in Gardner, not so good. Seems I was highly visible doing 90 in a 55 on Rt. 2 Nice to see they care though.
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yeah, i was pulled over in mass once, too. more of a blipco event rather than glowcat. did my part to fight frost heaves, i guess.

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Wearing colorful clothing help, but you should always ride as if no one can see you...

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Wearing colorful clothing help, but you should always ride as if no one can see you...

I love to ride stealth...
Yes I agree with that assumption that the others on the road just don't see us and have had cars do overtaking and pulling out in front of me on several occasions and thankfully I was going slow enough to take evasive action so miss an accident. I have often thought I should invest in some Hi Viz and a lot of the club members I ride with do use Hi-viz and they are more visible up ahead when the bunch gets broken up on a ride.
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Even wearing the Hi-viz stuff I do assume they don't see me because there are always people that don't pay attention or to busy doing something other than just driving. But I will take what ever advantage I can.
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I made the mistake of buying a black helmet, but am about to apply some glow in the dark / reflective decals to it.

Although I have had Miss Jaffa (Burnt Orange 2007 Versys) for a while, I still have a lot to learn.


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One of the greatest dangers of riding a motorcycle in traffic is not being seen by other drivers. But being aware and having the right gear and accessories for your bike can make all the difference for safe motorcycle visibility

http://video.about.com/motorcycles/M...isibility-.htm
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You mean the same drivers that pull out in front of 18 wheelers and school busses because they didn't see them????

To be more accurate...never looked!!!

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Sounds like a challenge to me!

Now I have four!
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