Opinion

Pedestrians: make yourselves visible, please

In reply to David Mitchell’s letter in The NEWS Feb. 14 (‘Drivers Need to Pay Better Attention’).

Yes, pedestrians should be able to wear whatever they want.

However, making yourself more visible is always a good idea.

I believe the problem is two-fold. I see pedestrians on a daily basis being very ‘attentive’ to their hand-held devices and stepping out into crosswalks without even checking for oncoming traffic. Pedestrians need to remember to stop and check before proceeding into the crosswalk.

Why do some pedestrians insist on wearing dark clothing at night? I am not solely blaming pedestrians as I too see the ‘bad driving’ and agree some people should perhaps have a refresher course. So too should pedestrians take extra precaution and pay attention.

Ultimately, if struck by a vehicle, no matter who is right or wrong, it never goes well for the pedestrian. Also, as I driver, who uses her signals always, and even stops at the railway stop signs, unlike many, I would not want to live with the fact that I struck someone.

Make yourselves visible pedestrians please! It helps.

Debbie Pahl, Qualicum Beach

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