• Smart Tricks for a Safe Halloween
  • October 24, 2017
  • Autumn is here, which means the days are shorter, the leaves are changing, and every coffee shop offers some kind of pumpkin flavored drink. For the kids in your life, October means picking out the best Halloween costume, carving a jack-o-lantern, and hitting the streets to go trick-or-treating. It is a day to let loose, have some good old fashioned spooky fun, and load up on sweet treats. Before you head out with your little ghost or goblin, remember to review these important safety tips, especially when you are crossing street or busy intersections at night.

    Be Aware of Your Surroundings
    Only cross busy street at corners where there are stop signs, traffic signals, and crosswalks.
    Look both ways, looking left again when crossing. Continue looking both ways as you cross the street in case a car shows up unexpectedly.
    Do not stare at your electronic device while crossing the road. Keep your attention on the road, especially when crossing the street.
    Walk Safely
    Children should always be accompanied by a responsible adult.
    Older children who are unsupervised should plan their route ahead of time and always stay together as a group.
    Encourage children to make eye contact with drivers before crossing in front of them.
    Stay on the sidewalk or a path, avoiding walking in the road. If there is no sidewalk, walk facing oncoming traffic as stay as far away from cars as possible.
    Never run into the street or between parked cars. Pay attention to cars that are turning or backing up.
    Drive With Extra Caution on Halloween
    Drive below the speed limit on Halloween, especially in residential neighborhoods.
    Cross intersections slowly, keeping your eyes open for children who may run across the street unexpectedly.
    Be extra cautious when entering and exiting driveway and alleys.
    Do not allow yourself to be distracted by texts, phone calls, or anything else that may take your attention away from the road.
    Do not drink and drive. If you are attending a party, designate a responsible driver to take you home.
    Turn your headlights on earlier so that you are better able to spot children from farther away. Most trick-or-treating is done when it is dark outside, so keep your headlights on at all times.
    If you are dropping children off somewhere, find a safe spot to pull over and turn your hazard lights on to alert other drivers.
    Keep in mind that the peak trick-or-treating times are between 5:30 and 9:30, so make sure that you are alert to trick-or-treaters who might be dressed in dark costumes.
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