Daylight savings has arrived. This is the time of year where most people's afternoon commute is done in the dark. Pedestrians, cyclists, and drivers are all on the wet dark roads doing their best to get home. This combination can lead to deadly consequences because pedestrians, cyclists, motorcycles, and other vehicles can be difficult to see.
The Portland Bureau of Transportation has provided some helpful tips for drivers. PBOT recommends for drivers to:
- Use your headlights even if it is not "night time"
- Leave more space between you and the car in front of you
- Remember to practice patience and slow down
- Stay in your lane and beware of drivers who dart from lane to lane
- Even though the route may be familiar, don't go on autopilot; stay alert and ALWAYS watch for vulnerable road users such as people walking, biking and rolling
- Don't touch your phone, eat, drink or do other things that are distracting. Remember, as of October 1, 2017, it is illegal to drive while holding or using an electronic device (i.e. a cell phone or tablet).
- Slow down at crosswalks and take care when making turns – even at a signal.
Cyclists, Runners, and Pedestrians should increase their visibility by:
- wearing reflective clothing or gear
- using safety lights.
- When walking, keeping a small flashlight or using the feature on your phone is another helpful way to make sure you can see at night.
If you or someone you know has been injured in a crash involving a vehicle, call Portland personal injury lawyer Jeremiah Ross at 503.224.1658 for your free case evaluation. Also, Ross Law LLC is not affiliated with the City of Portland and this post is for informational purposes only. This post may be percieved as Attorney Advertising.