Safety Tips For A Safe Halloween

Tips from AAA

Ed Jenson
October 29, 2017 - 10:30 am
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AAA Carolinas is offering tips to help everyone have a safe Halloween.
 
Motorists:

If possible, avoid driving during the “haunting hours” between 4 and 9 p.m. – the time when trick-or-treaters will be the most active.

Park your mobile phone: Avoid distractions by staying off of your phone; this includes talking, texting or using other apps. Disconnect and Drive. 

Yield to pedestrians: Children may not stop for your approaching car because they do not see it or they do not understand how to safely cross the street.

No passing: Don’t pass stopped vehicles as the driver may be dropping off children or have stopped for trick-or-treaters you cannot yet see.

Drive slowly: Be especially alert in residential neighborhoods; excited trick-or-treaters can move in unpredictable ways.

Turn your headlights on: Even if it is still daylight out, it helps to have your lights on so children may better see your approaching car.

 
Parents and Trick-or-Treaters:

Always be seen: Carry flashlights, wear brightly colored costumes and add reflective tape to increase visibility.

Know what you’re eating: Have all candy checked by a trusted adult prior to consumption.

Stay with your group: Never accept rides from strangers and hold hands with a friend or family member.

Safety in numbers: Travel in groups and plan the route ahead of time.

Stop at well-lit homes: Stay clear of dark houses.

Avoid trips and falls: Wear well-fitting costumes, masks and shoes.

Avoid the street: Walk on the sidewalk at all times and look both ways repeatedly before crossing the street.

 
Partygoers:

Always Plan Ahead: Designate a sober driver before the party begins.

Drinking Means No Driving: Never get behind the wheel when you have been drinking or ride in a car driven by someone who has.

Call a Ride: Use a taxi service, Lyft or Uber.

Help Others: Don’t hesitate to take the keys from friends or family members who may be impaired.

Be a Responsible Host: Make sure you have alcohol-free drinks as an option.

Report a Drunk Driver: If you encounter an impaired driver on the road, keep a safe distance and ask a passenger to call 911 (or pull over to a safe location to make the call yourself).

Remember: Prescription, over-the-counter medications and illegal drugs can also impair your ability to drive safely.

 

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