– Safety Vests Required for Photographers on Roadways

Think you look a bit goofy in a bright orange reflective vest? Well buddy, you’d better get used to it!

On Nov. 24, a new law requiring all workers on and along federal highways to wear high visibility safety apparel went into effect. Ah yes, construction crews should wear these, I hear you musing. But you should be aware that this new law includes verbiage in its definition of workers that points directly to you, photojournalists!

"While the law does not specifically list members of the media, it includes ‘people on foot whose duties place them within the right-of-way of a Federal-aid highway, such as … responders to incidents within the highway right-of-way’," the NPPA reports .

There doesn’t appear to be a federally supported fine for those failing to comply with this new law, but ultimately if it’s going to keep you safe, why not look like a big dork?

Learn more about the specifics of this new law in this NPPA post and please feel free to share your embarrassing photos of friends and co-workers decked out in their orange garb here! Comment away!