Pedestrians with a death wish

The in basket: Olivia Galles wrote that one day in late March, “my husband and I drove from Silverdale into East Bremerton via Bucklin Hill and Central Valley Road.  (We) saw three walkers, after dark, and in dark clothing on the wrong side of the road. 

“When I was growing up, the sheriff, Art Morken, used to come to our school (Tracyton) and talk about safety. He taught us the ditty:  ‘The left side is the right side, the right side is suicide,'” she said.

“This should be taught in school still, or just teach them to face traffic. Maybe then it would last into adulthood,” she said.. 

“The areas that we saw the walkers was very narrow outside of the fog line and they could very easily have been hit.  Wanted to stop and tell them to get on the other side of the road.” 

The out basket: I won’t presume to suggest that schools add anything to their heavy load of responsibilities, but teachers can feel free to post this column. Facing traffic while walking on the shoulder is not only a good idea, but it’s required by state law. I haven’t heard of anyone actually being cited for violating it, but occasionally an officer will stop and warn pedestrians who are on the wrong side of the road.

It’s especially critical for someone who can’t or won’t avoid walking along a road at night in dark clothing.

2 thoughts on “Pedestrians with a death wish

  1. Very good advice. Some years ago, I was riding with a friend at night along a section of Bond road when an ambulence with lights and sirens came from the opposite direction. She pulled the car to the shoulder (and probably going 50mph) and did not see the pedestrian walking in dark clothing who was walking with the direction of traffic. By the time she saw the person, the only thing to do was ditch the car. The pedestrian had no idea until we hit the ditch. Thank goodness none of us were hurt – but what a frightening expierience for all 3 of us – and a lesson was learned.

  2. So often the driver is blamed for pedestrian accidents when the pedestrian in many cases, is just as guilty of neglience as the driver.

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