MNDOT Urges Those Walking In The Dark To Wear Bright Clothing

By KBJR News 1

December 15, 2010 Updated Dec 15, 2010 at 5:37 PM CDT

Posted by Melissa Burlaga

Duluth, MN (Northland's NewsCenter) –Citizens who walk along roadways after dark should remember to wear bright and reflective clothing so they are visible to drivers, according to the Minnesota Department of Transportation.

Mn/DOT snowplow operators have seen a growing number of pedestrians, especially in remote rural areas throughout Minnesota’s Arrowhead Region, dressed in dark clothing while walking at night.

This makes them nearly invisible to snowplow drivers, causing the drivers to make a quick, evasive action to avoid hitting the pedestrian.

People can purchase high visibility vests, jackets and hats at most sporting goods, biking, running and hardware stores.

Mn/DOT stresses that wearing dark colored clothing at night while walking near the roadway is risky, unsafe and potentially life threatening.