Halloween safety tips; keep your keiki safe

(Heather Pelat/Media General)


This Halloween we want to remind folks about a few important safety tips as the keiki go out trick or treating. Remember to be safe and be seen. It may be hard for drivers to see you, especially if you are wearing a dark costume. Wear something reflective on your costume to increase your chances of being seen by drivers.

Moms and dads carry a flashlight to light your way safely and help others see you. Walk, not run, from house to house and use the sidewalk and don’t jaywalk. Watch out for cars, trucks and low flying brooms at driveways and before entering the street.

Keep kids safe, children out at night and under the age of 12 should have adult supervision. Keiki should stick to familiar areas that are well lit and trick-or-treat in groups.
As for drivders…Please remain attentive as many children and parents will be out tonight for Halloween.

Drive safely, taking extra care when entering and exiting driveways and alleys. Eliminate distractions so you can concentrate on the road and your surroundings. Use your headlights early and drive well below the posted speed limit.

And for those attending Halloween parties and events, please don’t drive impaired. Designate a sober, unimpaired driver. A designated driver is not the one who is least impaired, it’s the person who is not impaired at all.

Walking impaired can be just as dangerous as drunk driving. The number one reason for pedestrian accidents and fatalities is due to inattentive behavior. The rate of error is shared almost equally between drivers and pedestrians. We are simply just not paying attention to each other. Most pedestrians take it for granted that they are safe in a crosswalk.

In addition, most pedestrian accidents and fatalities occur during the dark hours of the day from the late evening to the early morning when visibility by drivers is limited. This makes it extra important for everyone to stay vigilant on Halloween.

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