Road Safety This Halloween
Halloween is quickly approaching. And with next Tuesday being the big day, all of the ghouls and goblins will be taking the streets to go trick-or-treating.
Being safe should be a concern of everyone who intends on celebrating. There are some tips drivers should keep in mind while on the road next week. They are as follows:
- Slow Down: Regardless if you’re cautious with your speed, always be ready to slow down; especially if you’re driving through a neighborhood or rural area. You don’t want to find yourself having too little time to stop should a trick-or-treater be in your crosshairs.
- Limit Distractions: It’s important that you do this on Halloween. Putting your phone down can save lives. We aren’t kidding. Phone use while driving is one of the leading causes of car accidents in New Jersey. With more people walking on or near the road, the risk is considerably higher. Also, don’t drive with a mask on. You’ll impair your vision, which could have deadly consequences on an unsuspecting individual.
- Don’t Drink and Drive: This tip should go for any night there is alcohol consumption. If you are going to celebrate Halloween with alcohol, make sure you have a designated driver or a safe way home. If you see another driver who might have been drinking, contact your authorities.
Drivers shouldn’t be the only ones with concern. Halloweener’s have to practice safe trick-or-treating as well. Here are some tips to keep in mind while you’re trick or treating:
- Be Visible: Most people who go trick-or-treating or go out for Halloween, go out after dark. Make sure drivers can see you. Wearing reflective tape wouldn’t be a bad idea, like many nighttime runners do. That option will also make you visible to your friends if for some reason you end up separated from them.
- Walk Sober: According to the National Highway Safety Traffic Administration (NHSTA), walking while impaired can be just as dangerous as drunk driving. You shouldn’t walk home alone if you’re intoxicated. You never know if something bad might happen, so make sure you have a friend in this scenario.
- Stay with a Group: Make sure you or your loved ones are walking in a group on Halloween. According to the NHSTA, children under the age of 12 should have adult supervision if out at night. It is also advised that children stay in an area they are familiar with to avoid walking near or on crowded roads.
These are just some of the tips drivers and trick-or-treaters should use on Halloween. Regardless if you’re the driver or walking around for candy, make sure you have a cell phone on you in case of an emergency.
Be safe and Happy Halloween!