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October 22, 2013

Pedestrian-safety crusade gathers steam

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A new project this year launched as the college semester was about to start this fall, when Mastic gave out more than 200 packets with pedestrian-safety tip cards, bookmarks and pamphlets to Clinton Community College students moving into the dorms there.

Many college students come to the area from more populated areas, she noted, so they can benefit from the information. 

“They aren’t used to being out here where there aren’t lights everywhere.”

And the traffic travels faster on country roads, as well, increasing the risk, she said.

FLORESCENT BELTS

Assisting her at various events are several close friends of Brandon: Matt Labombard, Kayla Provost and Amelia Brelia. 

Mastic was thrilled, recently, to add florescent belts to her offerings.

If people would at least wear the belts — which are easy to snap around the waist — before heading out for a walk or run, their safety would be better assured, she says.

They are lettered with www.brandonsorrell.com, the foundation website that offers a wealth of pedestrian-safety information, along with the application for the annual scholarship and details about fundraisers.

‘NO WHITE AT NIGHT’

A YouTube video on the site offers visual proof that florescent, reflective clothing and gear works best to capture headlights in the dark and also includes the surprising revelation that the color white isn’t a good choice.

Called “No White at Night” and presented by 3M, it asks the viewer to count the runners showed moving toward the camera. At 1,000 feet, it seems to be three, all wearing florescent strips as they jog through the darkness; not until 250 feet do all of them, totaling seven, appear. The final four wear white shirts.

A vehicle traveling at 30 mph, the video says, can cover more than 500 feet before the driver can properly maneuver it to avoid an obstacle.

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