Last updated on November 5, 2019 at 09:05 am
It’s coming up on the end of October. Soon neighborhood streets will be filled with ghouls, ghosts and goblins of all ages and sizes. Everyone should be aware that Halloween is a particularly dangerous night because of drunken drivers. On Halloween night in 2015, over half of all highway fatalities across the nation involved a driver or a motorcycle rider with a BAC of .08 or higher, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
Drivers and eager trick or treaters alike should be extra careful and watch out for each other. The ultimate goal is for everyone, adults and children, to get home safe. Here are just a few Halloween safety tips for drivers and parents.
- When driving in your neighborhood, proceed with extra caution at all intersections, corners and local roads – pedestrians often take shortcuts between and around homes.
- Be patient with other drivers and always be prepared to stop on a dime.
- Avoid passing or going around stopped cars. Realize there is a good possibility they are transporting trick-or-treaters and may have passengers entering and exiting.
- Reduce distractions. Stay focused on the road. Make sure your cell phone is on silent, and stay alert to the surrounding environment.
- Remember that pedestrians wearing masks may not see cars as easily, so take extra caution.
- It’s best for trick-or-treaters to wear bright and colorful costumes. If your child’s costume is dark, consider affixing reflective tape on their shoes and wrists. Carrying a flashlight or glow stick is a must!
- Avoid masks on younger children as they hamper vision and can be a distraction.
- If your child’s costume comes with a sword, baton, or weapon, leave it at home. There is no need for any extra distractions plus it will give your child another hand for candy.
- Make sure you and your family stick to the sidewalks and crosswalks. Don’t dart out into the street for any reason, and keep an eye out for cars that may be backing up or turning corners.
- Go in a group. Trick or treating is more fun with friends! Plus, at the end of the night, you can have your kids trade with their friends for the candy you secretly love.
These are just a few quick tips that will help keep your family safe. As always, it is very important to stay in neighborhoods that you are familiar with, have a contact plan for you and your family, and never eat anything that appears to have been tampered with. Always make sure children have adult supervision to protect the safety of both pedestrians and drivers.
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