Halloween is right around the corner and is very exciting, but it's the most dangerous holiday for children.
Part of that is because of the kids in costumes, but part of it is because of drivers as well.
If you're driving on Halloween, remember to be alert in residential neighborhoods and drive with your full headlights on. Safe Kids Adams County also recommends that drivers:
- drive slower and anticipate heavy pedestrian traffic on and near the road
- take extra time to actively look for kids at intersections, on medians and on curbs
- enter and exit driveways and alleys slowly and carefully
- reduce any distractions inside your car so you can concentrate on the road and pedestrians
- remember that costumes can limit children's visibility and they might not be able to see your vehicle
For the trick-or-treaters, make sure to cross the street at corners, use traffic signals, and crosswalks. Kids should also:
- only trick-or-treat in familiar areas that are well lit
- make eye contact with drivers and watch for cars that are turning or backing up
- look left, right, and left again when crossing; always walk, don't run when crossing the street
- never dart out into the street or cross in between parked cars
Kids should also carry a flashlight or glow stick to increase visibility to drivers.
"When you think about costumes, light colors are always the best,?? Jan Hummel with Safe Kids Adams County says. ??If they're wearing dark costumes, they should have some of this retro reflective material, we have these little zipper pulls at the health department if people want to stop by and get them. You can see them from 500 ft away when headlights are shined on them."
Remember, popular tick-or-treating hours are during the typical rush-hour period, between 5:30 and 9:30 p.m.