This morning, driving down the East L Street hill toward Puyallup Avenue and Interstate 5 on-ramps, I nearly had a tragedy.
Two young boys were horsing around on the slim shoulder of the road. My headlights illuminated the road ahead of me but not off to my side. I only saw a little motion that caught my eye. Had these boys not been flailing around, I’d never have seen them. Had I been maybe six inches to my right, I may have struck them.
They were dressed in black or navy hooded jackets and dark pants. What parents would let two young boys about 8 or 9 years old walk on roads without sidewalks, wearing clothing that makes them virtually invisible? Get some reflecting striping, or a light hat. Hoods that cover most of their faces give off no reflection; a bare face would be more visible.
Teachers and parents, give these kids some warning. They may be able to see our headlights, but we can’t see them until they are in our beams, and then it may be too late.