Please read and share the following safe driving tips to keep you and your loved ones safe this Halloween: The safest thing motorists can do is not to be on the roads Halloween night or drive before or after peak trick-or-treating hours, which are between 5:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.
- If you must drive on Halloween night, DO NOT drive distracted. Focus on the road and your surroundings. Avoid cell phone use, texting and driving, eating and drinking, using GPS devices and other dashboard distractions while behind the wheel.
- Slow down, especially in residential neighborhoods and anticipate heavy pedestrian traffic. Children are unpredictable and with the excitement of Halloween will not always be looking for cars.
- Drive defensively. Expect children to dart out from between parked cars. When children get excited, they tend to forget the most basic of safety rules- especially around traffic.
- If you are the parent of a teen driver discourage them from being on the roads Halloween night. Young drivers ages 15-25 accounted for nearly one-third of all fatal accidents involving child pedestrians on Halloween.
- ALWAYS yield to young pedestrians. Children may not stop, either because they do not know how to cross the street safely or because they simply do not see you.
- Drive slowly and do not pass stopped vehicles. The driver could be dropping off children.
- Watch for children darting into the street. Most young pedestrian deaths happen at spots other than intersections.
- Be especially cautious entering and exiting driveways and intersections. Be aware of children on medians and curbs.
- Turn on your headlights earlier in the day to spot children from greater distances.
- Communicate with other drivers. Always use your turn signals and use extra caution when picking up and dropping off children.
- Discourage teen drivers from being on the roads Halloween night. Young drivers ages 15-25 accounted for nearly one-third of all fatal accidents involving child pedestrians on Halloween.
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