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It’s dark, people, and you are wearing all black


When I was getting ready to drive home last night, I happily noticed that a slender line of daylight was still visible on the western horizon. I am a little tired of the dark – any light is very welcome these days. Soon after, it was pitch black and I was headed South on Perry Street minding my own business. That's when it happened: a person wearing nothing but black came running off the curb, probably in a hurry to cross the street without getting too cold. I'm sure this man saw me – but I surely didn't see him until he was right at the passenger side of my car. I swerved, I stood on the brakes, and the man trotted behind my car on his way over to the gas station. At no point was I close to hitting him, but the whole thing scared the crap out of me. And no, I was not on my cell phone.

So I have a simple plea to all you morning joggers and evening walkers: please wear some bright clothes – a white hat – a yellow scarf or something reflective. Or get your pooch a reflective collar. I know you run in the street because the sidewalks are full of cracks and holes, but please do some little thing to make yourself more visible. And don't do what this guy did. If someone had been tailgating me I surely would have been rear-ended. Wait? Tailgating in Spokane? That's a different blog post.

Pia Hallenberg
Pia Hallenberg joined The Spokesman-Review in 2004. She is currently a reporter for the City Desk covering Spokane Valley city hall and community news. She also writes news features about people and events.

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