Wind: 9 mph
To The Editor:
In the past few weeks I have seen numerous people walking/running on the side of the road with the direction of traffic. Their back is to the oncoming traffic unaware of how close these vehicles may be to hitting them.
This is dangerous!
There are two reasons to walk/run against traffic. First is the state law. “Vermont Laws Pertaining To Bicyclists & Pedestrians: Where public sidewalks are not provided any pedestrian walking along and upon a highway shall, when practicable, walk only on the left side of the roadway or its shoulder facing the direction of possible oncoming traffic. (Added 1971)”
Secondly, if you are walking/running facing the oncoming traffic, you get to see the oncoming traffic. You get to watch the vehicles and see if the vehicle will miss you. More frequently while I’m running I see people on their cell phones and not paying attention resulting in more near misses. Seeing this early, I have had time to take action and avoid getting hit.
Therefore, walkers and runners should make every effort to walk/run against the oncoming traffic. Make sure that there is enough space between you and the car and always be ready to take action and move out of the way of careless drivers.
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