The City of Old Town is giving free bright yellow safety vests to pedestrians, in hopes of keeping them safe.

As someone who drives to work in the dark every morning, I know that sinking feeling when a pedestrian suddenly appears in front of you. I pass many joggers in Brewer, or folks out walking their dogs in Orrington and, often, I can't see them until I'm practically next to them.

So the City of Old Town has found a way to help make pedestrians more visible, through the 'Walk safe Old Town' program. They handing out bright yellow vests that contain reflective strips, to anyone who may walk, jog, or bike during twilight hours or after dark. The vests can be picked up at the Old Town City Hall, Monday through Friday, from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Officials remind anyone wearing a vest that they still need to be aware of their surroundings. The vests will increase visibility, but it's still important for pedestrians and bicyclists to stay out of the proximity of traffic.

The vests are available on a first-come-first-served basis and are available in most adult sizes. For more information, contact Old Town's Assistant City Manager Travis Roy.