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A little rant about walking in the road in the dark.
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I leave for work in the mornings while it is still dark outside. Twice this week I have had near misses with people walking on the side of the road wearing dark clothing without any form of safety equipment. Both could have very well had a fatal outcome. Both incidents occurred while in areas with no street lights and while I was meeting another vehicle on narrow streets.

Come on people, you are responsible for your own safety. I will do everything possible to avoid you, but I have to be able to see you to do that. In both cases I was not able to see you walking in the road next to the curb due to the glare of the lights from the oncoming vehicles and the dark clothing you were wearing. Fortunately I did see you in time to take evasive action at the last second, otherwise the outcome would have been far different. And by the way, flipping me off after I saved you from your own negligence didn't help in any way.

By not wearing clothing appropriate to the activity you were engaged in you both put me in a position that could have had serious consequences for both of us. If I had hit you I would have been in a very difficult position. Even if it was determined I was not at fault I would have to live with it the rest of my life.

If there is the slightest possibility you will be in the street in low light conditions it is your responsibility to were the appropriate safety gear. I routinely walk before daylight. Unlike you, however, I wear a retroreflective safety vest so people can see me well before they get to me and I step up out of the road if there is the slightest indication an approaching driver can't see me. Pay attention. Your life depends on it.
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And another thing, I see people walking on the side with the direction of traffic rather that against it. Sometimes there are more than one and they walk side by side and actually in the traffic lane!. Come on people, do you have a death wish or what? That kind of poor judgement flies in the face of your efforts to stay in shape by walking.

Always walk against the flow of traffic. You'll have a much better chance of taking evasive action to avoid being a first responder at an accident. You shouldn't have to be told to do that but apparently some folks missed that day at school.

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#3
All good points, Dude. A little common sense and planning will go a long way toward keeping them from becoming a statistic.
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#4
I have a theory that the Russians won the Cold War. In 1970 (or there about) they developed and drop stupid bombs all across the US. Since that time people have been too stupid to know the Cold War is over and Russia won - among other kings like walking on the wrong side of the road...
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(08-27-2016, 05:13 PM)FrankNichols Wrote: I have a theory that the Russians won the Cold War. In 1970 (or there about) they developed and drop stupid bombs all across the US. Since that time people have been too stupid to know the Cold War is over and Russia won - among other kings like walking on the wrong side of the road...
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People become so engrossed in what they are doing that they lose touch with what is going on around them, which can be very dangerous when walking on a road in the dark.
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I had a mom walking her two daughters (both appeared to young teens) to the school bus pickup, in the dark, no street lights, all wearing dark clothes, all walking down the center of the road and didn't bother stepping to one side when they knew I was coming. Cars are not quiet and my headlights were projector beams that lit the road for blocks. Then have the nerve to yell at me when I passed them. Like I was supposed to go off road or how dare I be on the same road as they were. I felt bad after that her children had to hear me tell their mom what an irresponsible, colossal idiot she was.


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Can't be true. All the stupid people are in California.
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People just don't take time to consider the consequences of their actions. Sadly, when fate thins out the gene pool, it is usually the driver who pays the piper.
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I take it you guys live in rural areas where pavements (sidewalks) are in short supply, I live in Rural Ireland we have the same lack of pavements and nobody goes walking without their hi-vis vest, they give them to the kids in school and tell them to wear them.
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(09-02-2016, 09:54 AM)garrettmcc Wrote: I take it you guys live in rural areas where pavements (sidewalks) are in short supply, I live in Rural Ireland we have the same lack of pavements and nobody goes walking without their hi-vis vest, they give them to the kids in school and tell them to wear them.

I actually live in an urban area. The street is a two lane with a center turning lane. There is plenty of room to miss a walker in the street if you can see them and no one is in the turning lane. However, there is not room for a person in the road no matter how close they get to the curb if a vehicle is in the center of the traffic lane. This is a busy, major thoroughfare for this part of town. Most people will walk in the grass rather than in the road. The city, in typical fashion, decided to forego installing sidewalks when they widened the street, although sidewalks were one of the promises they made when we passed the tax referendum for the street reconstruction.
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