Highway Patrol Wishing All A Safe Halloween With These Safety Tips
The Highway Patrol’s superintendent, Colonel J. Bret Johnson is reminding everyone to include safety in their Halloween plans. He offers a few safety tips for motorists, parents, trick-or-treaters and everyone…
For MOTORISTS: Young children excited by Halloween could dart in front of a vehicle. Slow down, and drive with extra caution. If you are headed to a costume party, make sure the costume doesn’t hamper your vision while you’re driving to the event! Motorists picking up and dropping off trick-or-treaters may increase the number of vehicles on the road, therefore affecting traffic patterns. Please be courteous and stay alert for trick-or-treaters of all ages.
PARENTS: Tell your child to approach only familiar houses that are well lighted. Remind them they should never enter a stranger’s house or vehicle. Consider trick-or-treating with your children for their safety and because it’s fun way to spend an evening.
TRICK-OR-TREATERS: Keep costumes short to prevent tripping and consider make-up rather than masks. Masks can make it difficult to see oncoming traffic. Wear light-colored clothing or add reflective tape to dark costumes to make them visible. Flame resistant costumes are the best ones. Remember to look both ways when crossing the street. Use sidewalks wherever possible when you’re walking around a neighborhood.
Trick-or-treaters are urged to do so while it is light outside. Increase visibility by taking a flashlight with you, especially after dark. An adult should always accompany small children, and older children should stay in groups.
ADULTS: Consider spending Halloween at home answering the front door. If you attend a Halloween party that includes alcohol, make sure you have a sober, designated driver for the trip home. Alcohol, even in small amounts, slows reaction time and dulls the senses. Drinking alcohol could have a sad and possibly deadly result.