OK, this is not a driving issue per se - it's a pedestrian issue, and I'm not saying that in the 'boring' sense of that word.
But all of us drivers are walkers at some point. And when pedestrians are walking at night, particularly on the edge of a roadway or crossing a dark street, can they all please understand that NOBODY CAN SEE YOU!
Unless of course you're lucky enough to encounter one of these new-fangled cars that can 'see' pedestrians in the dark (a couple of companies have tried 'Night Vision' systems, and Nissan at least - perhaps among others - is working on a specific pedestrian-detecting system).
How many times have you drivers seen - at the very last minute - someone walking along or across a road at night, wearing a black jacket, black jeans, black boots, with a black hoodie pulled over their heads?
The latter item of course makes it more-or-less certain that the pedestrian won't see you either.
Of course, I understand that carrying a flashlight or wearing some sort of miner's lamp on your head is the ultimate in geekiness.
A fluorescent jacket hardly raises your hip quotient either.
But there isn't a whole lot of coolness involved in lying in a hospital bed hoping the surgeons can stitch enough of you together so that your friends and family will at least recognize you at your funeral.
Also - not that you'd care at that point - but whoever ran you over would carry the guilt around with them for the rest of their lives.
My own family went through this - not involving night-time, as it happened - and the repercussions never end.
So, at least maybe find a jacket with some light-reflecting stripes on the sleeves? Get a toque or earmuffs and keep the hoodie down?
At the very least, watch where the heck you're walking?
And if there's no sidewalk, walk on the side of the road so you're facing traffic, not walking with it. Gives you a far better chance of noticing on-coming danger.
Pedestrian casualties constitute a very large portion of our overall traffic safety problem - and interestingly, alcohol appears to play about as significant role there as it does in car crashes.
And of course, all of the above pertains equally to bicyclists, one of whom I damn-near ran over a few weeks ago.