Press photographers who cover accidents in roads and highways are now required by law to wear safety vests; not just any taped-on vest but a real safety vest that conforms to ANSI 107-2004 Class II specifications.
Thatâ€™s according to a federal law, crafted by the Department of Transportation, which took effect two weeks ago. All media representatives who are working within the rights-of-way of federal-aid highways will be required to wear high-visibility garments.
Which is just as well; covering incidents along fast-moving highways can be dangerous to oneâ€™s health. The required safety vest is available from the National Newspaper Association for $15 plus shipping. NNAâ€™s vest will be orange or lime with reflective markings, and a Velcro closure. In large letters on the back will be the word PRESS, and below that, NNAâ€™s logo.
Photos: National Newspaper Association