LETTER: A walk on the dark side

The other night I was responding to the Sooke Fire Hall for an incident.

Each winter, the days are shorter and the dark night rushes in early, and drivers find it hard to see pedestrians because, for some reason, dark clothing seems to be the new norm for the night walkers – add dark, rainy streets and you have a recipe for disaster.

There now exists a huge possibility of serious danger for those night walkers and they need to act now, for their own personal safety.

All of this can create a serious possibility for vehicle verses human contact with serious injury to a pedestrian – or death.

Pedestrians can lessen the possibility of injury by wearing reflective clothing and flashing body lights

Lights and reflectors are mandatory on bicycles at night and it should be mandatory with walking pedestrian, as well. Why would anyone take foolish chances? After all, when your dead, your dead forever.

And pedestrians should put lights and reflectors on their dog and walk facing traffic.

Kel Phair


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