AAA Trick or Treat Street Safety Tips
Be Smart – Be Safe – Be Seen on Halloween
- Ditch distractions such as cell phone use, texting and social media posting.
- Drive sober. Nearly 40 percent of fatal crashes on Halloween night involve a drunk driver. If you plan to drink, designate an alcohol-free driver.
- Slow down in residential neighborhoods and obey all traffic signs and signals. Drive at least 5 mph below the posted speed limit.
- Watch for children walking on roadways, medians, curbs and between cars.
- Turn on your headlights to increase visibility– even in the daylight.
- Broaden your scanning of the driving area for pedestrians.
Parents and Other Adults Caring for Children
- Provide adult supervision or responsible older youth supervision for children under age 12.
- Refrain from cell phone and social media use during trick-or-treat time.
- Discourage children from cell phone use and social media use while trick-or-treating
- Review safety precautions including pedestrian and traffic safety rules.
- Plan and discuss the route your trick-or-treaters will follow.
- Instruct children to travel only in familiar areas and along established routes. .
- Be bright at night. Wear retro-reflective tape on costumes and treat buckets to improve visibility to motorists and others.
- Carry a flashlight.
- Wear disguises that don’t obstruct vision. Avoid facemasks. Instead, use nontoxic face paint. Watch the length of billowy costumes to help avoid tripping.
- Watch the roads. Refrain from cell phone use, texting, photography and posting unless are in a safe place away from traffic.
- Stay on sidewalks and avoid walking in streets if possible.
- Walk on the left side of the road, facing traffic if there are no sidewalks.
- Look both ways and listen for traffic before crossing the street.
- Cross streets only at the corner and never cross between parked vehicles or mid-block.
- Trick-or-treat in a group if someone older cannot go with you.
**AAA urges all media outlets to share this important Halloween safety info, graphic and links through their news programs, websites and social media platforms.
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