Halloween Safety for Motorists

Today many will celebrate Halloween where young children dress up in costumes to go from door to door throughout neighborhoods getting treats and candy from neighbors. Motorists have to take special precautions during this time to protect these young children during the festivities. Here are some Halloween safety tips for motorists:

  • If you do not have to go out on Halloween while kids are trick or treating, then stay home. This is the best and most effective way to help keep everyone safe.
  • Slow down in residential neighborhoods and obey all traffic signs and signals. Drive at least 5 MPH below the posted speed limit to give yourself extra time to react to children who may dart into the street.
  • Don't utilize your beams - it may help you see further, but it prevents traffic coming in the opposite direction from seeing young children.
  • Watch for children walking on roadways, medians, curbs, sidewalks and streets with no sidewalks. In dark costumes, they'll be harder to see trick or treating at night.
  • Watch for children crossing the street who cross mid-block or between parked cars and may not pay attention to traffic.
  • Watch for children darting out from between parked cars and shrubbery.
  • Carefully enter and exit driveways.
  • BE CAREFUL BACKING UP! Have someone stand behind the vehicle to make sure no children are walking by.
  • Turn on your headlights to make yourself more visible - even in the daylight.
  • At twilight and later in the evening, watch for children in dark clothing.
  • Be Alert, Be Aware, and Be Safe!