Since the daylight saving switch, nighttime has come much earlier, making it harder for drivers to see pedestrians in dark clothing. So your first line of defense is to wear reflective gear. Next, choose the right path.
“If you can use the sidewalks, use the sidewalks. If you’re jogging or walking in an area where there’s no sidewalks and you have to use the street, be aware of your surroundings,” said Sgt. Bill Davis of the Naperville Police Department. “Always check both ways when you cross the street and even when you’re at a crosswalk, it gives you the right of way however drivers may not see you and may not be stopping so you have to be aware of you’re surroundings.”
Sargent Davis also suggests keeping your cell phones put away when you’re walking or jogging as it is just as much of a distraction for a pedestrian as for a driver.
He also recommends not wearing noise-reducing headphones, but if you do, make sure you double check both ways before crossing the streets.
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