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Police giving away high-visibility motorcycle vests

Associated Press

Lansing — State police are giving out specially designed high-visibility vests to motorcyclists who complete a rider training class this year.

The state says it’s part of a pilot project to increase the number of motorcyclists using high-visibility clothing or gear. Money comes from a federal grant.

The state police’s Michigan Office of Highway Safety Planning says it expects about 9,000 will have the vests by summer’s end.

The office says that scientific studies show a bright yellow-green color is the most noticeable to the eye. It’s used in safety clothing for construction workers, police and emergency medical services personnel for many years.

It says that only 5 percent of Michigan motorcyclists were wearing high-visibility clothing or gear in 2013.