A 15-year-old was in October hit and killed by a car in Thurgau. Now, the school board responded: Starting Monday, all students must wear fluorescent safety vest to school.
On the morning of October 21, a 15-year-old girl went with her bike on the main road towards Mariel TG. A 59-year-old oncoming van driver overtook a vehicle in front of him and tractor ran over the girl. Despite the immediate resuscitation attempts by emergency services and Raga the girl died later at the accident site.
For Behrens was clear: Now something has to change. "This tragic accident has moved us to action. In my tenure that is now already the third case of death of a student or a student to school, "says the President of secondary school, Roger, opposite the "Thurgau Seating”. Therefore, it is called on Monday for all Secondary pupils: At any time a light jacket on the way to school must be worn. For those who go by bike to school in addition the helmet law applies.
Call for greater safety for cyclists
A 41-year-old mother was surprised by the instructions first. "But I must say that it is a good idea that could be brought in everywhere," says the mother over 20 minutes. The students themselves are skeptical. "At noon I will not put it really. But now we have to stop, "says Vanessa, student of the 2nd secondary."In the morning and evening I had the luminous reflective clothing always on, the helmet anyway."
The previous approach, with a recommendation to the parents of the students, did not bring the desired effect. Many children made without fluorescent vest on the way to school. The danger for the student is precisely in a rural area, partly where students have a long way to school, especially high. "We have made contact after the disaster with the Canton. We call for more safety for cyclists along the streets, "says Haldenstein.
In Road Cross Switzerland, an organization which campaigns for road casualties and increase road safety, it is fundamentally convinced of the idea. "Safety-the action is good," said Spokesman Stefan. The fact that a country's west compulsory for students introduced to school, is for him not be proportionate. "We cannot expect that every student in Switzerland always wears a light jacket," says Karen. Useful are those vests but in younger children, who would perceive the market or otherwise and therefore depended strongly on the correct behavior of the other.
Legally, this scheme is possible. As Peter Hofmann, Managing Director of Unit GmbH, but says the school is basically a matter of parents. "If the school decides something and give parents their agreement, then there is no problem," says Hofmann. But he stressed that the school a student cannot atone, when not wearing his fluorescent vest.
Wearing the vest is of course
One may be curious to see if the students follow the instructions of the school. "We will carry out in the coming days and weeks Controls whether all kids wear fluorescent jackets also," says headmaster Hans Martin Keller. He is aware that it takes some time until the children have become accustomed to the west. "But at some point will be wearing the reflective vest for granted."