Audible Alarms Alone Are Now Proven To Be Not As Effective.
What is the death toll due to road and pavement users wearing headphones?
The latest shocking statistic shows that the death toll due to road and pavement users wearing headphones, has increased to by 25%.
A safety campaign in the UK was released in 2016 to raise awareness of the Road Safety laws for children crossing the roads, while using headphones.
With numbers still rising despite this campaign, more needs to be done to prevent these types of accidents from happening.
What are the legal requirements for road users wearing headphones?
Currently, the U.K law states that it’s not illegal for road users to wear headphones while driving, but is strongly recommended not to. It could, however, become dangerous if driving without due care, if attention is diverted from the road. This could incur an on-the-spot fine of £100 and three penalty points. If your case proceeds to court then that fine could potentially be increased to a maximum £5,000, up to nine penalty points, and even a driving ban.
Would a driver with a hearing impairment, be more likely to cause a road accident?
It’s a common misconception that drivers with hearing impairments cannot drive. In fact, drivers with hearing impairments are more likely to be more alert than other road users. Research has shown that their peripheral vision will be enhanced in comparison, meaning they are less likely to cause an accident on the road. There are modifications that can be made to vehicles to enhance the vision, such as blind spot detection kits or adaptable mirrors.
What can I do to prevent hitting a cyclist or pedestrian, who is wearing headphones?
The Alarmalight® range has been specifically designed to improve safety when turning into the driver’s blind spot as well as reversing. These units give both an audible and visual warning, which is particularly useful as many cyclists and pedestrians wear headphones. The visual warning attracts attention, so it can operate without the sound (night time) making it extra safe. Statistics prove that audible alarms alone, are simply not as effective.
Amber Valley have long been conscious of the adverse effects of noise from alarms at night time. While Health and Safety require vehicle operators to fit alarms to prevent death and injury, the public in the immediate vicinity have been disturbed by excessive noise pollution.
With our newly Patent Protected Alarmalight® range, we believe we have found the best solution.
When the alarm sounds a series of integral LED lights flash to highlight the warning. When mute or reduced volume is selected, the light is greatly intensified, thereby continuing to provide credible warning, while allowing residents to rest in peace.
The selection of models is impressive with normal mute (Night Silent) and override, half volume, self-adjusting, and mute by Reverse Twice all available as standard.
They are also available with a selection of beeps or speech versions, or a combination of the above to suit the particular applications. Two or more units can be fitted to act in unison if necessary.
Don’t just take our word for it!
https://www.facebook.com/ambervalleyllp/ At Dennis Eagle today doing our usual kit for them which consists of a left, right, and rear Alarmalight, a 5 camera system, full cyclesense system, our unique cycle light and monitor and display in the cab. We just want to say a huge thanks to our suppliers Amber Valley Developments LLP for all their support on our jobs all over the UK, they’ve been our supplier for a while now and we couldn’t do it without them ???