To the editor:
With the winter season coming right around the corner, I think we need to be reminded of pedestrian safety guidelines.
Living in the Upper Peninsula for a good portion of my life, I have become increasingly aware of the lack of knowledge regarding proper rules of the road among fellow Michigan residents.
Many times, I have witnessed people walking on dark city streets wearing dark clothing, unaware of the danger they are putting themselves in. As if that isn't bad enough, sometimes people wear earbuds, walking with traffic.
We have two colleges and many school-age children in our community. There are many people out walking or riding their bikes along the roads. Some of these individuals aren't familiar with the American road systems.
We have a responsibility as drivers to watch out for pedestrian traffic, and pedestrians should take extra care to know the rules set up to protect them. Some basic rules:
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Always face traffic when walking.
Wear bright colored clothing when walking at night. (If you happen to be caught wearing dark clothes at night, get in the habit of carrying a flashlight or some other device that allows drivers to see you.)
Biking on snowy, narrow roads might not be the best idea.
When it's snowy outside and you're walking, don't wear white or light colors, unless they are reflective.
I realize the list above is just common sense. We have many accidents up here occurring in part due to people's ignorance. Do research on pedestrian safety guidelines. If you already know the rules, tell someone who doesn't.
Let's be proactive and, hopefully, we can prevent accidents. Here's to a safe winter driving season.