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Halloween Safety Tips

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To avoid an accident, AAA recommends:

As a motorist:

  • Watch your speed Slow down in residential neighborhoods and obey all traffic signs and signals. Drive at least 5 miles below the posted speed limit to give yourself extra time to react to children who may dart out in front of your vehicle.
  • Watch for children walking on roadways, median and curbs. If these little ghosts and goblins are wearing dark costumes, they will be hard to see at night.
  • Watch carefully for children crossing the street. Children may not be paying attention to traffic and cross the street mid-block or between parked cars.
  • Be prepared for children to dart out into the street at any time, especially from behind parked cars
  • Carefully enter and exit driveways and alleys.
  • Turn on your vehicle’s headlights, even in the daylight. The lights make you more visible.
  • Broaden your visual scanning – look left and right into yards and front porches.

As a parent:

  • Make sure an adult or an older responsible youth will be supervising children under the age of 12.
  • Plan and discuss the route your trick-or-treaters intend to follow.
  • Instruct your child to travel only in familiar areas and along an established route.
  • Teach your child to stop at well-lit houses and never to enter a stranger's home.
  • Establish a return time.
  • Tell your child not to eat any treats until they return home.
  • Review trick-or-treat safety precautions, including pedestrian and traffic safety rules.

As a trick-or-treater:

  • Be bright at night Wear retro-reflective tape on your costume so you can easily be seen.
  • Wear a disguise that does not obstruct your vision.
  • Stay on sidewalks, not in the street.
  • If there are no sidewalks, walk on the left side of the road, facing traffic.
  • Look both ways and listen for traffic before crossing the street.
  • Cross only at the corner.
  • Never cross between parked vehicles or mid-block.
  • Trick-or-treat in a group if someone older cannot go with you.
  • Tell your parents where you are going.

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