To the editor:
Lately in your newspaper and in other news media, I have noticed stories about people who have been hit from behind by vehicles while out walking.
This would indicate to me that they were obviously walking on the wrong side of the road and not facing oncoming traffic, especially where there are no sidewalks.
Do they not teach this rule in the schools anymore? Do the parents no longer instill this into their children?
I have seen many times people walking, jogging or riding a bicycle while either texting or talking on their cell phones, or listening to their iPods—which makes them oblivious to what is going on around them.
As a pedestrian, in most cases you have the right-of-way but this does not mean you have no obligation for your own safety. I am sure some of these mishaps could have been avoided if the pedestrian had seen the oncoming vehicle and could have taken evasive action.
At least you would have a greater chance of not getting hit.
As well, think not only of yourself but the trauma you cause to the person who has hit you in this conceivably avoidable tragedy.
It might not be cool to part from your friends or get them to walk facing traffic, but at least you won’t be dead.
John D. Grant,