Halloween is around the corner and you just have to mention the word to sense your kids’ anticipation. Children have their costumes picked and can’t wait to get dressed-up and head out to gather as many treats as they can. Understandable, children often get caught up in the excitement of the night so it is important for parents to be on alert. HRM Partners in Policing are reminding parents and kids to be safe this year by following these helpful reminders:
· Young children should travel with a parent or guardian;
· Remind your child to stop, look, listen and obey traffic rules and signals;
· Never rely on motorists to see you - use your eyes and ears to make sure it's safe to cross;
· Do not cross between parked cars or other obstacles – try to cross the street in groups or where it is safe;
· Avoid running out into traffic;
· Walk on sidewalks or designated paths. If there is no sidewalk, walk beside the road, facing traffic so drivers can see you;
· Wear bright costumes and carry a flashlight for greater visibility;
· Ensure costumes do not cover restrict vision children should be able to see where they are going unobstructed.
Motorists must take extra precautions on Halloween night. Given there are more children on the roadway than any other night, it is our responsibility as drivers, to watch for children. If you plan on driving please remember to slow down, especially in residential areas and remember to stay off of your cell phone. Your attention should be on the road.
“Halloween is an exciting night and it is easy to understand why children may forget road safety rules," says Cpl. Scott MacRae, RCMP media relations officer. "We are asking all motorists to please watch out for our children and keep them safe."
By following a few tips and taking some time to be mindful of safety, children can have a safe and fun Halloween. HRM Partners in Policing encourage parents and children to plan ahead and be prepared.
Have a safe and happy Halloween!