October brings cooler weather and that means more kids playing outside, enjoying the fall. One of the main outdoor activities is HALLOWEEN. As we all know, Halloween is a time for kids to go door to door "Trick or Treating." This means lots of kids will be walking in neighborhoods, usually after dark. Besides the dark, many of their costumes are dark colored, making them exceptionally hard to see. In recent years, many costumes have been designed to have reflective materials made into the costume to improve their visibility.
Parents are encouraged to supervise their children as they enjoy this outing and to ensure they practice safe habits, such as crossing the roadway in a crosswalk, not in the middle of the block. It is also a good idea to travel in a group and to carry flashlights or other lighted objects such as "glow sticks." Glow sticks can be purchased at most stores such as Wal-Mart, Dollar General, etc. They’re inexpensive and they greatly enhance the visibility of pedestrians at night.
As drivers, we need to be especially attentive during the Halloween days when children typically go Trick or Treating. As you’ve heard numerous times before, the best way to avoid a potential collision with a pedestrian is to SLOW DOWN. This is especially true in residential areas where children will be concentrated. Be safe and drive smart!!!