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Lately there has been a lot of long-overdue dialogue on the subject of Juneau's drivers and pedestrian safety. I would like to add my two cents' worth.
Last night, while turning onto my street from Loop Road, I came within inches of striking a teenage boy who was walking his dog. I slammed on the brakes and the pair was able to pass safely.
The young man, clearly angry, regaled me with an international hand signal as he walked away.
I was very shaken up at this near miss and spent the rest of the night brooding over the incident.
In all honesty, I did not see them until it was almost too late. It was pitch dark and the streetlight on the corner just barely illuminates the street, let alone the adjoining bike trail where the young man was walking. He was dressed in dark clothing and had a dark-colored dog.
Please, we're all in this together!
As a driver, I will make a better effort to look out for pedestrians walking at night. Pedestrians, please make a better effort to make yourselves seen!
Carry a flashlight and wear light-colored or reflective clothing. Pets can be outfitted with reflective tags and even flashing collars.
Every little bit helps on our city's too-dark streets. With winter fast approaching, darkness will soon become a big part of our driving environment.