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Posted on: October 29, 2015

[ARCHIVED] Trick or Treat: Safety Tips for a Happy Halloween

Watch for little ghosts and goblins on Halloween, as your neighborhood transforms into the haunting grounds for dozens of trick-or-treaters.

Drivers need to be extra careful of children dressed in costumes. Many costumes are difficult to see at night, or include masks that limit the wearer’s visibility.

In the excitement of Halloween, some of our littlest revelers may also forget the rules of road. Helpful driving tips for a safe Halloween include:

  • Watch your speed and stay below the posted limit.
  • Avoid distractions, including cell phones, the radio and music players.
  • Never text while driving.
  • Watch for children, and pay attention to what’s happening on sidewalks and the roadway.
  • Be extra careful when pulling in and out of driveways.
  • Don’t assume that children can see you or are paying attention. You need to take responsibility.
  • Be cautious around vehicles that have stopped in the roadway – and don’t pass. They could be dropping off children.

Parents, keep your children safe on Halloween by:

  • Dressing them in costumes that fit well and are outfitted with reflective tape. Avoid masks that will distort or impede vision.
  • Give them a flashlight or glow sticks.
  • Remind them that they should look both ways and cross only at corners or crosswalks.

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