Halloween is a fun and exciting time for people of all ages, but it can also be a dangerous time on the road. More children are out trick-or-treating after dark, and many adults are attending parties where alcohol may be served. This can lead to an increase in drunk driving and pedestrian accidents.
Here are some tips for staying safe on the road during Halloween:
- Drive slowly and cautiously. Children are excited on Halloween and may dart out into the street without looking. Be especially alert in residential neighborhoods and on streets where trick-or-treaters are likely to be.
- Turn on your headlights early. This will help you to see children from a greater distance and will help them see you.
- Be extra careful when backing out of driveways and alleys. Watch for children who may be walking behind your vehicle.
- Don’t drink and drive. Drunk driving is one of the leading causes of fatal accidents on Halloween. If you plan to drink, arrange for a sober ride home.
- Use crosswalks and cross at intersections. Never cross the street in the middle of the block.
- Look both ways and make eye contact with drivers before crossing the street.
- Be aware of your surroundings and watch for cars, even in well-lit areas.
- Don’t wear costumes that obstruct your vision or hearing.
- Carry a flashlight or glow stick so that you are more visible to drivers.
- Supervise your children while they are trick-or-treating. Walk with them if possible, or make sure they are in a group with a responsible adult.
- Give your children reflective tape or stickers to put on their costumes. This will help them to be more visible to drivers.
- Make sure your children know the rules for crossing the street safely.
- Serve plenty of food and non-alcoholic beverages.
- Collect car keys from guests who are drinking.
- Prepare to call taxis, rideshares, provide sleeping accommodations, or—if you’re sober—drive guests home yourself.
By following these tips, we can all help to ensure a safe and enjoyable Halloween for everyone.