From the Sleepy Hollow Police and AAA – URGING SAFETY FOR HALLOWEEN
Before you know it, Halloween will be upon us. Over the last decade, the number of child pedestrians ages 0-14 fatally injured on Halloween has been nearly three times higher than the daily average according to data by the National Highway Safety Administration.
On Halloween, we’re placing our children in probably some of the most dangerous traffic situations you could imagine. I urge you to take special precautions to keep everyone safe. Please drive more carefully and slowly, especially where trick-or-treating activity is prevalent. The following tips from AAA will help keep your children safe.
Parents and children:
Be bright at night; use reflective tape on costumes and treat bags, wear bright colors and carry flashlights and glow sticks for extra visibility
Don’t wear a costume that obstructs vision. Use makeup instead of a mask.
Wear a costume that you can walk in – comfortable footwear and nothing that drags on the ground.
Look all ways and listen for traffic before crossing streets and driveways.
Work one side of the street at a time, crossing only at corners and crosswalks. Stay out of the roadway.
Younger children should always be accompanied by an adult or trustworthy teen; older children should be given boundaries and should communicate with their parents along the way.
Try to avoid cutting through residential areas where trick-or-treaters are likely to be present.
Obey all traffic signs and signals, and travel with extreme caution in residential areas.
Scan far ahead and watch attentively for children who may be excitedly running from house to house or crossing streets at unexpected places.
Avoid driving distractions, even after traditional trick-or-treat hours. Older children and teens may be out without adult supervision.
If you are attending an adult Halloween party where alcoholic beverages are being served, be sure to have a designated driver.
PLEASE BE SAFE
Anthony Bueti; Chief of Police
Village of Sleepy Hollow