Letters: Visibility saves lives

Wearing dark clothing around traffic is not a good idea

t was a dark and stormy night in Sooke and sometimes not so stormy but dark never the less. We are halfway through winter and the minutes of daylight are added each day but the treacherous manner pedestrians take to walking in the dusk and dark causes me to be concerned for them as I shake my head in disbelief.

Dark coats (some with hoods up), dark pants, dark footwear. Some with headphones on or preoccupied with electronic devices. No effort made to make themselves visible.

The worst scenario,  for which I would of been responsible as the driver, was two people dressed as mentioned, not facing oncoming traffic, walking after midnight on a winding pre-Sooke stretch of highway which was hugging a rock wall. They were at the very edge of the gravel portion of the road walking in the fog. I was tempted to stop and alert them of the picture they presented to drivers but there was no safe pullover for me and I did not know if it would be a welcome conversation.

Solutions to increasing visibility can easily be accessed at the local stores in the form of flashlights, arm or leg bands, safety vests, yellow raingear. For the price of a  latte, people need (to) think of the worst that could happen and then grab one of these enroute out the door with keys in the other hand. There is no end to the illumination gear for camping, sporting activities and dog walking which  can be utilized with some creativity and attached to outdoor clothing to keep hands free if need be.

For the past two years, in October, the Town of Sidney distributes a limited amount of  free reflective armbands to residents. How ever this is funded escapes me but  is a proactive way to shift peoples thinking with a practical gesture. Sidney is lit up like New York  city compared to Sooke at night and geographically is as flat as the Prairies.

The giveaway is a reminder to take responsibility for one’s own safety and not create a potential hazard for drivers.  All too often it is the reckless party who is not injured but the party avoiding the collision who experiences the greater loss.

Carmen Neumann

Sooke

Just Posted

Big Lonely Doug among largest old-growth trees now on protection list

B.C. to protect 54 old-growth trees, but critics say it’s not enough

Swim-enthusiasts ready to make a splash at the 2019 Gorge Swim Fest

On July 21, swimmers of all ages make their way to the Banfield Park dock

‘Goodness prevails’: neighbours reflect following suspicious death of 60-year-old Metchosin man

Martin Payne was found dead in his Metchosin home on Friday. Police have confirmed foul play.

VIDEO: Sparrows raise their chicks in Cadboro Bay deck planter

Jill Yoneda captured 11 days up close with tiny Junco sparrows

Rents in most Canadian cities are unaffordable for lower-income earners: study

Roughly one-third of households, or 4.7 million, are renters

POLL: Do you carry reusable shopping bags?

While a court ruling determined the City of Victoria’s plastic bag ban… Continue reading

Man involved in beating and tasering over a drug debt to be sentenced in Nanaimo

Colin Damen Gary Lamontagne pleaded guilty to charges, including aggravated assault

Pamela Anderson adds star power to B.C. Green Party town hall

Celebrity attended Nanaimo meeting with representatives from U.S.-based environmental group

Olympic softball qualifier gets $150K boost from provincial government

2019 Americas Qualifier to be held in Surrey from Aug. 25-Sept. 1

Gas price inquiry questions Trans Mountain capacity, company denies collusion

The first of up to four days of oral hearings in the inquiry continue in Vancouver

‘Benzos’ and fentanyl a deadly cocktail causing a growing concern on B.C. streets

Overdoses caused by benzodiazepines can’t be reversed with opioid-overdose antidote naloxone

Chinook retention begins on North Island, but amid new size limit

DFO calls measures ‘difficult but necessary’ following rockslide on Fraser River

Most Read