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The Rolla Daily News - Rolla, MO
  • Kearse: motorists, cyclists, joggers should look out for one another

  • Police Chief Mark Kearse has two words for drivers, bicyclists and joggers: 1.) Watch. 2.) Out.
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  • Police Chief Mark Kearse has two words for drivers, bicyclists and joggers: 1.) Watch. 2.) Out.
    Watch out for one another, because people have been hurt and killed recently.
    Actually, the chief said most of the burden of being careful is on the bicyclists and joggers. Yes, bicyclists and joggers have just as much right to use the roadway as cars and trucks, but they also have more to lose.
    “In a collision with a two-ton car, you’ll die,” he said, so “be aware of your surroundings,” he said to bicyclists and joggers.
    If you’re riding, ride with the traffic and if you’re walking or running, do so against the traffic flow. Wear light-colored clothing; reflective vests would help.
    “Don’t wear headphones,” he said.
    And keep watching the cars and their drivers, because they’re not watching out for you. They should, and the chief wishes they would, but many motorists — and it only takes a few — are impaired.
    “There are people out there under the influence of alcohol and drugs,” he said. “There’s a lot of methamphetamine use and heroin use, and those people drive, too.”
    If people aren’t under the influence of dope, they might be texting, eating, putting on make-up, generally not paying attention while they drive.
    Bicyclists and joggers have to anticipate the moves of doped or distracted drivers.
    That doesn’t sound fair, but it’s the reality of the situation.

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