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Letter: Pedestrian safety

One can’t argue with your editorial point that for self-preservation, pedestrians need to make themselves visible after dusk (“Preventing accidents after dark,” Monitor editorial, Dec. 19). But walking on the wrong side of the road can be even more hazardous than being invisible.

If you are walking on the left side of the road, facing the traffic that passes closest to you, you will see if someone swerves and can jump out of the way. But if you have your back to the traffic, you make the traffic invisible to yourself. You put yourself completely at the mercy of drivers who may be distracted, drunk or just plain don’t see you; whatever their impairment, they don’t care about your life as much as you do. If they hit you, it’s all over. This lesson still echoes in my head after six years of walking to elementary school along a rural road. I am astounded by how often I see people walking with their backs to the oncoming cars, with small children, headphones, dogs, friends, grandmothers, all assuming that total strangers with complicated lives are going to look out for them.

“Live Free or Die” isn’t supposed to mean “Live Free And Die.” Remember, they’re out to get you, so cover yourself with reflective material, and walk on the left side!



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