Fifth Vice President — Parent Education
Halloween Safety Guide: Use Extra Caution During Evening Hours
This Halloween, the California Office of Traffic Safety (OTS) is reminding motorists celebrating the holiday to drive safely, to keep an eye out for trick-or-treaters darting through dimly lit streets, and to never drink and drive if they plan on celebrating with alcohol. Halloween is a particularly deadly night due to the high number of drunk drivers on the roads and the increase in pedestrians during the evening hours. On Halloween night in 2013, 10 people were killed by traffic collisions in California and another 288 more were killed during the entire month of October.
In an effort to educate the public on the dangers of this time of year, pedestrians and motorists are encouraged by OTS to share and practice the following tips to ensure everyone stays safe during the month of October:
• Slow down and be especially alert in residential neighborhoods. Children are excited on Halloween and may move in unpredictable ways.
• Popular trick-or-treating hours are 5:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. so be especially alert for kids during those hours.
• Enter and exit driveways and alleys carefully.
• Always designate a sober driver and plan a way to safely get home at the end of the night if you plan on celebrating Halloween with alcohol.
• Use your community’s sober ride program or take a taxi, call a sober friend or family member, or use public transportation.
• Walking impaired can be just as dangerous as drunk driving.
• Always walk on sidewalks or paths. If there are no sidewalks, walk facing traffic as far to the left as possible. Children should walk on direct routes with the fewest street crossings.
• Children out at night and under the age of 12 should have adult supervision.
• Kids should stick to familiar areas that are well lit and trick-or-treat in groups.
• When selecting a costume, make sure it is the right size to prevent trips and falls.
• Choose face paint and makeup whenever possible instead of masks, which can obstruct a child’s vision, and use reflective paint or tape on costumes.
Thirty-Second District PTA and the California Office of Traffic Safety wish you a fun and safe Halloween. For more information and safety tips, please visit the OTS Facebook page at facebook.com/CaliforniaOTS or the OTS website at www.ots.ca.gov.