Stay Alert While Trick-or-Treating on Halloween Night
ST. CLOUD (WJON News) - As kids hit the streets for some Halloween fun Monday, experts are reminding drivers, passengers and pedestrians to use extra caution.
According to Safe Kids Worldwide, kids are more than twice as likely to be hit by a car and killed on Halloween than on any other day of the year.
The Toward Zero Death organization is providing simple steps to stay safe this Halloween.
Tips for Drivers:
- Remain seated and buckled. Everyone in the vehicle should remain seated and buckled at all times, even when parked on the side of the road.
- Designate a navigator. If you need to check a map, take pictures, or do anything that will take your attention of the road, pull over or delegate those tasks to a passenger.
- If you are driving, focus on driving. Even going just a few miles over the speed limit in a residential neighborhood greatly increases the dangers for pedestrians on the road.
- Keep an eye out for trick-or-treaters. Be on the lookout for kid's shoes or costumes under vehicles crossing the street between parked cars.
Tips for Trick-or-Treaters:
- Be visible. Light-colored clothing or costumes provide the best visibility. Add reflective material to the costumes.
- Cross the street responsibly. Look both ways before crossing and use the crosswalk.
- Stay alert. Avoid checking your phone while walking or supervising children.
- Stay on sidewalks. If no sidewalks are available, always walk facing traffic and stay as far to the left of the roadway as possible.