Westwood Police Chief Greg O’Halloran recently issued the following release from the department. Chief O’Halloran said he had personally witnessed a jogger on the street in the evening who was difficult to spot.
We hope your new year is going well and if you made a resolution that you are on track with it. For many that resolution often involves fitness, which means some will be hitting the streets to walk, jog or run. With the short daylight hours of winter this brings about some safety concerns. The hours before and after an average work day are still dark enough out that drivers can’t really see pedestrians very well.
In talking with Prairie Village Chief Wes Jordan I know this safety concern has been raised in their jurisdiction as well. There are ordinances in Prairie Village and Westwood that require reflective clothing be worn by pedestrians under certain conditions. As an example here is a quote from the Westwood ordinance:
“Pedestrian Reflective Clothing. Any pedestrian using the public streets for walking, jogging and/or running in the city from one-half hour after sunset to one-half hour before sunrise and at any other time when there is not sufficient light to render clearly discernible persons and/or vehicles on a highway and/or streets at a distance of 500 feet ahead shall be required to wear on his or her person some type of reflective apparel or materials of sufficient size and placement so as to be visible to vehicular traffic from a distance of 200 feet.”
If you care to read all of ordinance 11-208 please see the link here.
We don’t bring this issue to your attention because your police departments want to start enforcing these ordinance; we don’t. We would like a chance to avoid a tragedy. If you are going to be outside exercising and it involves being in the roadway, please wear the appropriate reflective clothing.
Thanks stay safe and good luck with all of your resolutions.