Have a Safe and Fun Halloween!

I wanted to share with all of you a message I sent to our Parents of Teen Drivers.  This message is appropriate for all of us:

Many of you will be celebrating Halloween later this month and I wanted to share some
driving and pedestrian safety tips with you.

For those of you who will be driving your little goblins trick or treating:

  • Don’t use a cell phone while driving through neighborhoods. A single distraction could lead to a tragedy.
  • Stay well below the posted speed limit.
  • Pay attention to what’s happening on sidewalks and roadways. Watch for children darting across streets, especially between parked cars.
  • Be extra alert when pulling in and out of driveways.
  • Do not assume children can see you or are paying attention. You need to take that responsibility.
  • Check to make sure that all lights on your car work.
  • Do not pass other vehicles that have stopped in the roadway. They could be dropping off children.
  • If you’re driving a group of children, but staying in the running vehicle at the curb, be sure to put on your hazard      lights to alert other motorists.

And if you’re driving to a Halloween party, put your mask on after you park the car.

Parents of trick or treaters need to do everything possible to help other drivers too:

  • Make sure your children can be seen; dress them in bright, reflective clothing or use reflective tape.
  • Give your kids flashlights or glow sticks to carry and a lesson on where to point them.
  • Make sure your children can see:  select masks that don’t inhibit their vision or use make-up instead of masks.
  • Teach your kids how to cross the street:  look left, right and left again before crossing
  • Teach your kids where to cross the street (corners or crosswalks)
  • If possible, park and accompany your kids to make sure they follow these rules.
  • If you are waiting in the car for them, decorate your car in some manner that will make it easy to spot.

Have a fun and safe Halloween!

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