With our fast-paced lifestyles, we sometimes overlook safety measures that are essential to our survival and safety.
For example, when walking, jogging or running, we should wear bright reflective clothing at night and bright easy-to-see clothing during daylight hours. Just because we see the car or truck doesn't mean the driver of the car or truck sees us. The same is true for bike riders. Bike riders should also wear appropriate head and eye protection along with riding gloves. Children riding bikes, scooters, motorbikes, skateboards, rollerblades or any device with wheels should also wear all appropriate protection, including knee and elbow protection. Looking cool is at times more important to some than being safe. We must lead by example for not only our sake but our children as well. Thousands of pedestrians are killed or seriously injured every year because of accidents. The sad thing is many of them could have been saved or received far less serious injuries if proper safety measures and gear had been used.
We are all guilty of assuming that persons driving our roadways would never hit us while walking, running, jogging or biking, but the truth is it happens every day - not only by impaired drivers, but distracted or tired drivers as well. Some are accidents caused by the glare of the sun, poor visibility and inclement weather, while others are not accidents at all. An accident is defined as a happening that is not planned or expected - sort of like a motorist topping a hill or rounding a curve only to find a poorly visible pedestrian in the roadway or along the roadway's edge. The human mind, upon being surprised, is only capable of translating a certain amount of information in a given time and reacting to it. Taking extra safety measures will allow you and the driver more time to react.
In closing, please take care of yourselves regarding your personal safety. The more safety measures you take, the safer we all are. For further safety measures, contact the Mt. Juliet Police Department at 615- 754-2550.