We met Thomas in this Listed workplace called “Vedsentralen”. Wood central.
I think it’s really good fun to do my job here.
It makes me happy to have a job like this.
Just to have work.
But he doesn’t only work during the day.
I have an evening job.
I am the reflector man.
That’s what they call me.
Do you want a reflector?
And... he’s off.
He has given away more than a thousand reflectors.
and even has his own sponsor.
Do you want a reflector, kid?
Thanks a lot.
He started his own campaign on Facebook,
saying that far too many people go walking without a reflector.
Bad things can happen.
They’re on the road, and suddenly a car can run them over.
It’s not good.
I want to stop it.
That’s why I give away reflectors.
Trygg Traffik (Safe Traffic) believes that Thomas has helped to save lives.
Because there are many accidents.
I think the work you are doing is really good, Thomas.
We think we could do with more people like Thomas.
Thomas has also sent a reflector to the king,
and he received a reply from his secretary.
She wrote that the King was grateful for the reflector.
and that I should continue doing what I am doing.
Keep going, it said.
From the King!
What do you think about the job he’s doing.
The man on the right is nearly impossible to see.
But if he used a reflector, you would see him much more easily.
It is easy to be seen near roads.
Just wear a reflector or two.
But there are many who forget.
I don’t think about it.
How do you think motorists can see you in the dark?
A reflector doesn’t light up itself.
It is made up of very small mirrors or glass beads.
When light shines on a reflector,
it reflects the light back to where it came from.
With a reflector, motorists can see you 140 metres away.
That gives drivers 10 seconds to react.
Without a reflector, you are only visible from 25 metres.
Drivers have less than 2 seconds to react.
There are many different types of reflector.
You can use reflector tags, bands or vests.
Some items of clothing can even have reflectors built-in.