Halloween Safety: Slow Down and Be Alert

Halloween is a wonderful holiday for kids: costumes, trick-or-treating with friends, candy. But, it can also be a very dangerous holiday. A child is twice as likely to be hit and killed by a car on Halloween. Here are some steps to help avoid a tragic accident that will affect the lives of everyone involved forever:

Motorists:

1. Slow down and be vigilant in residential areas especially between the hours of 5:30 to 9:30.

2. Proceed slowly and cautiously when entering and exiting driveways or backing up.

3. Pay particular attention at intersections.

4. Turn your headlights on early — before dusk. 

5. Put down your phone. It is important to eliminate distractions while driving.

Parents of trick-or treaters:

1. Make sure your child is visible — use reflective tape and carry a glow stick or flashlight. 

2. Avoid masks which obscure a child’s vision.

3. Choose costumes that fit properly to avoid trips and falls.

4. Teach children to remain on sidewalks and cross at intersections.

5. Teach children how to properly check before crossing the street,  including making eye contact with a driver. 

6. Put down the phone. As a pedestrian, it is also important to eliminate distractions, and talking or texting will impact your ability to observe your surroundings.

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