Running the Roads

by Terry Bryant

Visibility running

Visibility to traffic is important while running

The spring weather is great for outdoor exercise. The roads are now filled with runners, bicyclists, and the like. With the increase in outdoor exercise also comes an increase for the likelihood of an auto-pedestrian accident. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), there were 476 pedestrian fatalities and 50 bicyclist fatalities in the State of Texas in 2014.

So many motorists these days are distracted drivers. One look at a text message could send a driver straight into an unsuspecting pedestrian.

Another problem is decreased visibility after dark. Even though the daylight hours are longer during this time of year, many exercise enthusiasts get their workouts in before the sun rises or after the sun sets. This puts these individuals at higher risk for being the victim of an auto-pedestrian accident.

Impaired drivers are another risk for pedestrians. Once commonly thought of as a problem after dark, studies now show that there also many impaired drivers on the roads during daylight hours. Impairments may be attributed to alcohol, recreational drugs, or prescription drugs.

Take adequate safety precautions if you will be enjoying the spring weather with outdoor exercise. Wear reflective gear, exercise in groups, and be sure your path is well-lit for maximum visibility.