When kids are trick-or-treating tonight the most important thing to remember is that they're excited, unpredictable and may be sampling some candy along the way to fuel their travels... so let's be careful!
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reminds us to be especially careful between 4 and 8 p.m., when most severe vehicle/young pedestrian collisions happen. And, they offer the following advice to help ensure vehicular and pedestrian safety for everyone:
FOR ALL DRIVERS...
Drive slowly, and don't pass stopped vehicles. The driver might be dropping off children.
Park your mobile phone. Avoid distractions by waiting until you've stopped to call, text, or surf.
Watch for children darting into the street. Kids can cross the street anywhere, and most young pedestrian deaths happen at spots other than intersections.
Yield to young pedestrians. Children might not stop, either because they don't see your vehicle approaching or don't know how to safely cross the street.
Communicate with other drivers. Always use your turn signals. And if you have to pull over to drop off or pick up your kids, turn on your hazard lights.
FOR PARENTS, to keep your trick-or-treaters safe...
Teach them how to safely cross streets. They should look both ways and cross only at corners and crosswalks.
Consider indoor community Halloween programs for younger kids. Some communities also offer to help you inspect your kids' treats to make sure they're safe to eat.
Brighten them up. Give them flashlights and glow sticks, and/or use reflective tape on their costumes, so drivers can see them.
Have a safe and happy Halloween!