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Road Safety Tips for Halloween Night

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE October 18, 2013 - No doubt Halloween is a busy night for many Canadian families.  With all the excitement of trick or treating, it is very easy for children to forget about traffic rules. Therefore it is important for all drivers and trick or treaters to be extra cautious Halloween night.

 

We know that children under the age of nine cognitively are not able to make the best choices when it comes to road safety.  Young Drivers of Canada Director of Training, Scott Marshall, advises “The easiest way to minimize risks is to choose not to drive Halloween night.  If you do have to drive, reduce your speed in residential areas and be sure to scan each intersection to make sure that no trick or treater is crossing.”

 

To make Halloween safer and more enjoyable for everyone, Young Drivers of Canada has provided their top 5 Halloween tips:

 

  • Ground View: Use the ground viewing technique to scan under parked cars for the feet of children approaching traffic.

 

  • Communicate: The horn in your vehicle is a tool to communicate with others.  Use it when needed to get a distracted trick or treater’s attention or warn them of a potential danger.

 

  • Back In: Always back into your driveway after looking to see it is clear.  This makes driving out safer and helps you see what is ahead if you do need to drive that night.

 

  • Walk Wisely: Children should travel in groups with at least one adult.  If they are old enough to go out without an adult, know the route your child will take.  Children should walk on the sidewalk, facing on-coming traffic and cross only at intersections or crosswalks.   

 

  • Be Seen: Costumes should be brightly coloured.  Reflective stickers on the front and back of costumes should be used for better visibility. Putting a lit flashlight in the bottom of a loot bag will also help drivers see them.

More Halloween Safety Tips here.


 


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