Halloween safety tips from AAA Washington

Halloween night has the most people out walking on the roads than any other night of the year, making for a greater chance to have a pedestrian and vehicle collision. AAA Washington offers safety tips for both drivers and trick-or-treaters:

Safety Tips for Motorists:

  • Watch for children darting out into the street. Trick-or-treaters may not pay attention to cars and cross mid-block or between parked cars.
  • Slow down and drive with caution, especially in low-lit neighborhoods between the hours of 4 p.m. and midnight when pedestrians are most vulnerable.
  • Avoid driving through neighborhoods. If possible, avoid cutting through residential streets where trick-or-treaters are likely to be.
  • Drive sober. Always designate a sober driver if you plan to drink or consume marijuana.

Safety Tips for Pedestrians:

  • Trick-or-Treat as a group or accompany young trick-or-treaters.
  • Choose disguises that don’t obstruct vision, opt for non-toxic face paint instead of masks, and add reflective material or tape to keep kids visible.
  • Make a plan. Review trick-or-treat safety precautions and plan your route ahead of time. Remind children never to cross the street mid-block or from between parked cars.
  • Buckle up. If driving trick-or-treaters between neighborhoods, always use appropriate seat belts or car seats and have children exit and enter on the passenger side of the vehicle.

For more information, visit the AAA Washington website, here: https://www.aaawa.com/

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