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To the Editor:

Those who drive during the hours of darkness are confronted by two avoidable and unnecessary hazards: brilliant halogen headlights, and poorly illuminated joggers.

The low-beam halogen light is as disturbing to on-coming traffic as is the light of the conventional high beam. Both diminish the visibility of the silhouetted objects in the foreground.

The jogger's reflective apparel, in most instances, is inadequate; usually well below the waist. On streets where cars are parked the joggers' extremities are shielded from view, but reflectors at shoulder height are a bit more visible.

All of the Grosse Pointes' police departments were asked if there were rules governing jogging in the street. They all said there is a state ordinance that addresses this activity, but neither they nor the Wayne County Sheriff nor the Michigan State Police could cite such an edict.

For their information, there are two sources that should be consulted: Michigan Vehicle Code; Act 300 of 1949 No. 257.655 pedestrians on highways; violation as civil infraction. Sec. 655.

1. Where sidewalks are provided, a pedestrian shall not walk upon the main traveled portion of the highway. Where sidewalks are not provided, pedestrians shall, when practicable, walk on the left side of the highway facing traffic which passes nearest.

2. A person who violates this section is responsible for a civil infraction. This proscription is also covered in the Michigan Uniform Traffic Code, Part 7 Pedestrian Rights and Duties, R-28.1701 through Rule 701 and R28-1716 Rule 71.

It is true; there are laws. Is there any reason why they are not enforced?

Richard R. Royer

Grosse Pointe Farms

Richard R. Royer
Grosse Pointe Farms
November 10, 2004

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