It’s that time of the year when ghouls and goblins take over the night and haunt the streets. An array of superheroes, villains, and princesses will parade from house to house filling their buckets with goodies. Halloween is a fun-filled night for children, parents, and partygoers alike. The scary parts of Halloween are not the haunted houses but the distracted and alcohol impaired drivers.
To keep children safe this Halloween, here are safety tips for the Trick-or-Treaters:
- Plan a safe route on well-lit streets and always walk on sidewalks or paths. Remind children not to take shortcuts through backyards, alleys, or playing fields.
- Cross the street at crosswalks and never assume that vehicles will stop.
- If there are no sidewalks, always walk facing traffic.
- Decorate costumes with reflective tape.
- Use a flashlight.
- Glow sticks as necklaces or bracelets are also fun choices.
A reminder for motorists during haunting season:
- Obey all traffic signs and signals.
- Slow Down!
- Use caution and be especially alert in residential neighborhoods.
- Enter/exit driveways and alleys carefully.
- Turn on headlights to increase visibility – even in daylight.
- Eliminate distractions and concentrate on the road/surroundings.
- If you see a drunk driver on the road, contact local law enforcement.
For more information visit DMV’s Pedestrian Safety page and have a Happy Halloween!