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Be Bright at Night

Be Bright at Night with MRC and Watch for Me VT Logo

Whether you walk, drive or bike, the shorter days of fall and winter mean it’s especially important to see and be seen on the road.

According to recent data from the National Highway Traffic Administration, more pedestrians were hit and killed in the U.S. in 2021 than at any time in the past 40 years. Many of these crashes happen at night.

To help reduce the risk of crashes, injuries, and deaths at night, the Department of Health’s Watch for Me Program – funded by the Agency of Transportation – is working with the state’s Medical Service Corps and community partners to raise awareness of road safety issues, promote driver safety messaging, and distribute thousands of free personal reflectors.

Over the next few months, Medical Reserve Corps (MRC) volunteers will be at events and locations across the state handing out educational material and free reflectors, while supplies last.

Check out these upcoming events:

Date and Time

Event / Organization

Location

Website & Info

Participating MRC Unit

Contact Information

Friday, Dec 2

Springfield Downtown Holiday Program

56 Main Street, Suite #2  Springfield, VT 05156/ 96-A Main Street Springfield, Vermont 05156

 

https://www.springfieldvt.com/holiday-program

 

The Springfield Annual Downtown Holiday Program (sponsored/organized by a partnership between the Springfield Chamber of Commerce & Springfield On the Move) has a history of drawing crowds from around the greater Springfield area for a festive opening to the holiday season.

 

Upper Valley MRC

 

David Young

david.young@vermont.gov

 

Saturday, Dec 3

9:00 AM 11:00 AM

 

VERY MERRY MIDDLEBURY

Triangle Park’s new plaza space, Middlebury Vermont

 

https://www.experiencemiddlebury.com/annual-events/very-merry-middlebury/

 

Come get your reflectors and your photos taken with Santa and Mrs. Claus on December 3rd from 9:00-11:00am at Triangle Park’s new plaza space. Children can fill out a letter to Santa (available while you wait!) to share their wish lists and then get their photos snapped by parents or caregivers.

Rutland/Addison

 

Beate Ankjaer-Jensen

beate.ankjaer-jensen@vermont.gov

 

Sunday Dec 11

9:00 AM-4:00 PM

Rutland Farmers Market Christmas Holiday Fair

The Franklin Conference Center at the Howe Center, 1 Scale Ave, Suite 92 Rutland 05701

https://vtfarmersmarket.org/markets/special-shows/

 

Free admission and free parking!

 

Find the perfect locally made gift for everyone on your gift list and shop the best vendors in Vermont!

 

Rutland/Addison

 

Renee Bousquet

Renee.Bousquet@vermont.gov

 

Contact Rebecca Petelle for more info: rebecca.petelle@vermont.gov

Albany Public Library - Presentation on Aging Well

830 Main St., Albany VT

https://www.albanypubliclibraryvt.org/

NEK MRC

Rebecca Petelle/Helen Wilson

rebecca.petelle@vermont.gov

Contact Pamela Corbett for Info: Pamela.Corbett@vermont.gov

Groundworks Collaborative

54 South Main St., Brattleboro

https://groundworksvt.org/

SE VT MRC

Pamela Corbett

Pamela.Corbett@vermont.gov

Pick up during business hours

Monday - Friday

Flat Street:
3:00 PM-
7:00 PM

Kids Club:
2:30 PM-
5:30 PM

Brattleboro Boys and Girls Club

17 Flat St., Brattleboro

https://bgcbrattleboro.org/

SE VT MRC

Pamela Corbett

Pamela.Corbett@vermont.gov

Pick up during business hours
Monday- Thursday:
9:00 AM-4:00 PM

Friday:
9:00 AM -1:00 PM

Brattleboro Senior Center

207 Main St.

https://www.brattleboro.com/downtown/brattleboro-area-senior-center/

SE VT MRC

Pamela Corbett

Pamela.Corbett@vermont.gov

If you are interested in helping promote these events and being bright at night, check out our 2022 Be Bright at Night Reflector Social Media and Outreach Toolkit.


Check out the following safety tips for communities, drivers, cyclists, and pedestrians:

For communities: 

  • State and local governments can enact policies that protect community members while traveling, maintain existing sidewalks, add street lighting at the pedestrian level to improve the visibility of people walking and biking; and strategize about infrastructure changes to maximize community benefit.
    Under the state’s Complete Streets policy, municipalities must consider the needs of all roadway users. 

  • Law enforcement can enforce laws designed to keep people safe as they move through their communities. 

  • Media can cover stories about our transportation system and use language that does not inadvertently assign blame to victims. 

When walking, biking, or rolling at night: 

  • Make sure you are visible to drivers by wearing light and bright clothing, or better yet, bring flashlights/bike lights and wear something reflective. 

  • If wearing reflectors, they should be visible from the front and the back. A reflector should dangle. Drivers notice movement more than a stationary reflection. 

  • Cyclists are required by law to use either a flashing or steady red rear light OR a minimum of 20 square inches of reflective material facing to the rear.  

  • Cross streets in well-lit areas with the best view of traffic. 

  • Use sidewalks whenever possible.  

  • At the bus stop: cross behind the bus or in the crosswalk. 

  • Watch for cars, bikes and other vehicles – because they might not be watching for you. 

When driving at night: 

  • Drive slowly and carefully to leave yourself enough time to react. A pedestrian hit by a car going 40 mph has an 85% chance of being killed. At 20 mph the risk is reduced to 5%. 

  • Never drive distracted, drowsy, aggressive, or under the influence of alcohol or drugs. 

  • Come to a complete stop at stop signs and red lights. 

  • Stay alert, always watch for bikes and pedestrians, and share the road.