Happy Halloween! It’s been a spooky season but tonight is the night when millions of trick-or-treaters will prowl the streets in search of candy. While it’s a night for some scary fun, it’s important to remember road and pedestrian safety. Here’s a chilling statistic: Children are more than twice as likely to be struck by a vehicle on Halloween than any other day of the year.
Keep you and your family safe this Halloween with these safety tips for trick-or-treating tonight:
- Watch for children walking on roadways, medians and curbs.
- Enter and exit driveways and alleys carefully.
- At twilight and later in the evening, watch for children in dark clothing.
- Discourage new, inexperienced drivers from driving on Halloween.
- A responsible adult should accompany young children on the neighborhood rounds.
- If your older children are going alone, plan and review a route acceptable to you.
- Agree on a specific time children should return home.
- Teach your children never to enter a stranger’s home or car.
- Instruct children to travel only in familiar, well-lit areas and stick with their friends.
- Children and adults are reminded to put electronic devices down, keep heads up and walk, don’t run, across the street.