It's Christmastime again, which means it's time to wear brightly-colored reflective vests, when walking, or to add more flashing lights, when cycling. That's the verdict my wife and I reached after we were nearly run over by an apparently distracted (perhaps half asleep) driver early this morning. We were walking down Champa Street, headed toward [...]

It's Christmastime again, which means it's time to wear brightly-colored reflective vests, when walking, or to add more flashing lights, when cycling.
That's the verdict my wife and I reached after we were nearly run over by an apparently distracted (perhaps half asleep) driver early this morning. We were walking down Champa Street, headed toward home. As we approached Maple Street a car sat, its engine idling and waiting on traffic to clear.
We looked straight at the car as we walked toward it, thinking that our glasses, which we both wear, would easily reflect back to the driver of the vehicle. Also, my wife wore a light blue jacket.
Suddenly, the driver gunned the engine, heading straight for us. I waved my arms wildly and, at the last minute, the car swerved away from us. I knocked on the passenger side window as the driver passed us in an attempt to communicate, 'Wake up!'
It is a dangerous time of year to be out walking, or cycling, before or after sunrise in Pratt. People are distracted and not watching out for pedestrians or cyclists. Perhaps they're thinking about how they're going to pay for all of those Christmas presents, or maybe they're ordering presents on their cell phones while driving. I don't know. I should have considered it to be a sign a week or two ago when I was almost ran over by a truck pulling out of a business on north Highway 281.
My best holiday advice is this: strap on as many lights and as much reflective material to your person or bicycle as you are able to attach. If you look like a Christmas tree, perhaps you won't be run over.