When out at night, one may argue that they don't need to wear reflective gear
if they are careful to stay out of harm’
way. However in this day and
age it is
extremely difficult to do this. In addition to distracted drivers, pedestrians
are easily distracted as well.
In the past,
the average person used to
carry only a wallet or purse, now it is hard to find someone walking without
some small electronic distraction on them.
It is now more important than ever before to make sure to be an alert driver
and a visible pedestrian.
Gone are the days of noisy boom boxes (at least drivers hear them!) and
walkmans with big headphones. Now with MP3's, blue tooths, smart phones etc.
people are in their own world like never before. When cell phones started to be
used on the street, my father did not like the way people would walk right past
you talking on their cellphones. His comment then was "soon they will come out
with a small ear and "tooth" attachment and you won't even realize they are
talking on the phone. People will walk around looking like they are talking to
themselves." How true!
Unfortunately according to a recent article from the Associated
Press "Reports of injuries to distracted walkers
treated at hospital emergency rooms have more than quadrupled in the past seven
years and are almost certainly under-reported."
The fact is that our
lives are busy and
although we ultimately should try not to get distracted when walking, jogging,
(or driving), we must make sure we are visible with reflectors