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Everyone needs to take extra care on Halloween – October 31st – when excited children in costumes are out in force. A seasonal safety message should remind all motorists to be extra careful, and remind parents to review pedestrian safety rules with their children. Alcohol consumption is also high on Halloween due to the increased popularity of adult parties. Some communities have instituted free cab ride programs on Halloween to reduce impaired driving.

Tips for Motorists

Slow down. Watch for children walking on roads, medians and curbs. Enter and exit driveways carefully.
Be especially alert for children darting out from between parked vehicles and from behind bushes and shrubs. They’re excited – and they are not paying attention.
Never drink and drive – tonight or any night. If you are partying, designate a driver.

Tips for Parents

Adults should accompany children at all times and supervise their "trick or treat" activities.
Teach children to "stop, look left-right-left, and listen" before they cross the street.
Use a flashlight and wear retro-reflective strips or patches on your clothing or costume to be more visible to motorists.
Be certain that the mask does not obstruct vision or hearing.
Ensure that costumes do not impede walking or driving ability.

Tips for Pedestrians
(children and adults)

Before crossing a street, stop at the curb or edge of the road and look left, right and left again to be sure no cars are coming. Continue to check for traffic while on the street.
Walk – never run – from house to house or across the road.
Cross the street only at intersections and crosswalks.
When crossing at an intersection with a traffic light, be sure to watch for turning cars. Obey all pedestrian signals.

Walk on sidewalks whenever possible. If there are no sidewalks, walk on the left side of the street facing traffic.




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