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SAFETY: Too many runners are hard to see

Letter by Darlene Mae Cooper, University Place on Feb. 2, 2012 at 12:33 pm with 3 Comments »
February 2, 2012 12:33 pm

Several times as I am driving home in the dark, I have noticed runners dressed in dark clothing. I could hardly make them out and think to myself, “What if they get hit?”

I do notice people running with fluorescent green jackets on that can be easily seen. Some have an orange or green strip across the back of their jacket. More often then not I see a lot more people – kids and adults – out in dark clothing.

It would be easier for us drivers and safer for the runners to wear something that could be seen easier in the dark of night.

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  1. i tend to agree, but if you are out running in the cold of winter, in the dark; maybe its because you cant afford the gym membership. maybe bright outfits are not cheap, especially if you are in the process of losing weight and you need smaller and smaller sizes. so i do agree with the letters’ sentiment, but from personal experience, if you are out running miles in the cold and dark, it’s not necessarily because you prefer it that way.

  2. Sroldguy says:

    A cheap $10 reflective safety vest is all it takes.
    Paying over a hundred for a pair of running shoes though doesn’t leave much money for something that could save your life….

  3. alindasue says:

    It doesn’t even take a $10 safety vest. A couple reflectors or a light from Dollar Tree could achieve the same effect without breaking anyone’s bank. This applies not just to runners, but anyone who is out on the street at night. I lost count of the number of times I didn’t see a person crossing the street or riding a bike until I was close enough for my headlights to fully illuminate him.

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