Safety in the Streets this Halloween

October 30, 2018

Tomorrow is Halloween, a fun time with ghosts, witches, princess, pirates, cartoon characters, and candy abound! But, Halloween night is also the most dangerous night of the year for pedestrian injuries from cars.  Therefore, it is imperative that both pedestrians and drivers act responsibly.

 

Pedestrians

  • Stay in groups when possible.

  • Use sidewalks and crosswalks; wait for walking signal before crossing road. If there are no sidewalks, walk facing oncoming traffic and stay off the road as far as possible.

  • Be aware of traffic at all times.

  • Avoid using your cellphone or other electronic devices.

  • Follow traffic rules and signs.

  • Young children should have adult supervision at all times.

  • Watch for cars that are turning or backing up and may not see you

  • Be visible at all times. Wear brightly colored clothing or reflective tape and carry a flashlight after dark. Don't wear costumes that obstruct vision.

 

Drivers

  • Avoid driving during trick-or-treat hours, if possible.

  • Turn on your headlights to make sure you are visible, even in daylight.

  • Don’t text, call, or use other electronic devices while driving.

  • Be extra cautious at crosswalks, intersections, and the side of the road.

  • Be prepared for children darting into the street.

  • Drive below the posted speed limit in residential areas.

  • Obey street signs and signals.

  • Use your turn signals.

  • Turn on your hazard lights if you are dropping off or picking up children. It reminds other drivers to slow down and use caution.

  • Do not drink and drive.

 

Have a happy, safe, and treat-filled Halloween!

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