Do you have your 'Press' safety vest?
A heads up to journalists everywhere in the U.S. This from my local press association Web Site:
Journalists will need to be highly visible
Beginning on Nov. 24 of this year, reporters and photographers working on federal highway rights-of-way will have to wear high-visibility safety apparel.
This new regulation is part of a U.S. Department of Transportation rule that will require all people working within highway rights of way to wear high-visibility apparel.
Newspapers need to be aware of this coming requirement and provide their reporters and photographers with vests or other acceptable apparel.
SCPA is now taking orders for the ANSI 107-2004 compliant Class II regulation safety vests that all newspaper employees covering accidents or other stories along federal highways will be required to wear. Vests will be imprinted with the word “PRESS” in large letters on the back. The cost is $20 for members and $30 for non-members and the deadline to order is October 1.
The question, of course, will be how closely the local constabulary enforces this, but it does open yet another door to, shall we say, zealousness. And remember, while we sort of instinctively think of interstates in this context, there are a lot of other federal shield highways out there. I'm not clear how -- or if -- this will apply on those as well. It poses an interesting question because many of those routes wind along local streets, so where does the federal right of way begin and end?