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Wendy Bumgardner

Night Walking Tragedies and Strategies

By February 25, 2013

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Dog-E-Glow LeashWe've had a bad streak of pedestrian deaths and serious injuries in hit-and-runs in my area of the Northwest. Most of them have happened after dark, some of them in crosswalks where walkers tend to feel safe. Statistics say that's a dangerous time, and your danger as a pedestrian is increased if you have been enjoying alcohol. Here's the rundown on risky behaviors you can avoid:
10 Ways to Die When Walking After Dark

News Channel 8 called me on Saturday to see if I was available on short notice for an interview. You betcha! I had at hand my full wardrobe of reflective gear, including the strips built into my shoes and walking pants. But I tend to keep my fitness walking to daylight hours and my biggest risk is when I'm wearing my business or dress clothes -- in the parking lots and on the streets when out for the evening. I attach reflectors to my dress jackets and carry a dress purse that is a shiny silver color. As I told the audience, it's better to look a little dorky wearing a reflector or something white than to get injured or killed. Dog walkers - use a reflective leash or even one that has LED lights like Dog-E-Glow (Compare Prices)

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