NCDOT Offers Halloween Safety Tips for Families and Motorists
Posted 10/30/2015 8:49:51 AM
RALEIGH — The N.C. Department of Transportation wants to make sure all North Carolinians have a fun and safe Halloween. The Bicycle and Pedestrian Transportation Division’s Watch for Me NC safety program urges motorists as well as parents and trick-or-treaters to stay alert and use caution this Halloween.
More than 2,200 pedestrians are injured or killed in motor vehicle collisions in North Carolina each year, and more than a third of those collisions occur in the evening or at night. With less daylight during this time of year and the popularity of dark-colored costumes, this spooky holiday can quickly turn dangerous.
As thousands of children parade the streets on Oct. 31, NCDOT is offering these safety tips to help make this year’s Halloween safer and more enjoyable:
Before children head out on their trick-or-treat rounds, parents should:
Plan and discuss a safe route trick-or-treaters intend to follow and establish a return time. Instruct children to travel only in familiar areas and along the established route.
Make sure that an adult or an older, responsible youth will be supervising the outing for children under age 12.
Make sure your child carries a flashlight, glow stick or has reflective tape on their costume to make them more visible to cars.
Let children know that they should stay together as a group if going out to trick-or-treat without an adult.
Review all appropriate trick-or-treat safety precautions, including pedestrian/traffic safety rules.
To have a safe Halloween adventure, trick-or-treaters should:
Stay in familiar neighborhoods along the established route and stop only at familiar houses unless accompanied by an adult.
Walk on sidewalks, not in the street. If there are no sidewalks, walk on the left side of the road, facing traffic.
Cross streets at crosswalks when available. Look both ways before crossing streets and cross when the lights tell you to cross, after you check for cars in all directions.
Carry a flashlight, wear clothing with reflective markings or tape, and stay in well-lit areas. Wear a watch you can read in the dark.
Don't cut across yards or driveways.
Motorists should be especially alert on Halloween and should:
Drive slowly through residential streets and areas where trick-or-treaters could be expected.
Watch for children darting out from between parked cars.
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.
About Watch for Me NC
The Watch for Me NC program is a collaborative effort to reduce pedestrian and bicycle-related crashes through enhanced education and enforcement of safety laws. The program, which is being coordinated by a group of partners, including NCDOT, UNC Highway Safety Research Center, and many local communities, consists of pedestrian, bicycle and driver-focused safety messages as well as concerted efforts by area police to enforce relevant laws. To learn more about the program, visit http://watchformenc.org/.
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