Dark clothing after dark should be outlawed.
Not a week goes by at this time of year that I don’t read about a pedestrian, usually wearing jeans and a black hoodie, who darts out into traffic, is hit by a car and killed.
Although I don’t know how the recent fatality in Atwater was dressed, the fact that he was riding a skateboard at midnight on a public road suggests that he was not mindful of the fact that it was unlikely that any motorist could see him.
As I went to the library to write this letter, a youngster in black clothing riding a bicycle on the sidewalk, shot out in front of me. I was going to make a right turn, and had I not been stopped for a pedestrian in the crosswalk walking the opposite direction, I’m sure I would have turned and been struck by him.
He had no lights and should have been in the bike lane, not on the sidewalk. Please, people if you expect to survive the night, increase your chances of doing so by wearing light-colored clothing and put reflector tape on your dark jackets.
David Paul Davenport