I jog each morning at 5 a.m.
Those of us who jog at what may be considered an ungodly hour are well-adjusted to the early-morning darkness and can see clearly. We are quite capable of spotting oncoming traffic long before traffic spots us.
Our eyes are adjusted to the darkness and the ambient light provided by street and house lights. We easily spot a car’s illumination more than half a mile away and can adjust accordingly. It is our responsibility to avoid traffic since, in any encounter with a vehicle, joggers will lose.
Unless we are suicidal, traffic need not adjust for us. Which brings me to my point: Kindly stop applying your bright lights the moment you spot us. You destroy our night vision.
For some unfathomable reason, once we are spotted, rarely do drivers turn their lights from bright until they have passed.
Again, I wish to assure you that we are not suicidal, have no desire to throw ourselves in front of your vehicle, have spotted you several minutes before you see us and adjusted our position to one of safety. Please, if you are one of these drivers, kindly refrain from applying your bright lights.
Cheryl L. Browns