Students from Blatchley Middle School celebrate “Out Bright Mr. White Day,” where students promoted pedestrian safety by trying to be more visible than Blatchley Middle School principal Ben White. (Photo courtesy of Doug Osborne)

Whether traveling by bike or on foot, is Sitka Community Hospital is encouraging Sitkans to make themselves visible. “Be Bright at Night” is a safety project led by SCH, the Sitka Police Department and the Police and Fire Commission. The goal is to teach citizens how to increase their visibility while traveling on the road and to reduce distracted driving.

Last Friday (11-13-15), students from Blatchley Middle School celebrated
Out Bright Mr. White Day.” Donning reflective material supplied by the hospital, they aimed to outshine Principal Ben White on the last day of Spirit Week.

Doug Osborne is the Director of Health Promotion at SCH. “More than 4,743 pedestrians were killed in traffic deaths in 2012, and another 76,000 were injured. With numbers like these, it’s critical that you understand the risks and learn how to stay safe,” said Osborne. On Halloween, the hospital bought 35 high visibility jackets and raffled them off.

The latest prizes being distributed throughout town are flashing LED armbands.