Original post made
by driver, Downtown North,
on Jan 20, 2014
Palo Alto's residential streets are very dark at night, partially because of the very dim street lights and partially because tall trees block out the moonlight. Crosswalks in residential areas are very poorly marked and pedestrians in crosswalks are very hard to see, especially by older drivers in tall SUVs. Yes, our night vision does get significantly worse as we age and glasses cannot correct this. Tall vehicles like SUVs and minivans make small objects on the street even harder to see (like children). Lets face it, most drivers do not completely stop at stop signs on quiet residential streets and the police are reluctant to ticket drivers in residential areas. Should the city require pedestrians to wear reflective or lighted clothing for their own safety?
Before you whine that this is a crazy idea to blame pedestrians for getting hit by reckless drivers, I read that a city in Wisconsin has just passed such a law for pedestrian clothing: Web Link