If you see a bunch of zombies wandering the streets of Dalton on Friday night, don't fear. It's not the zombie apocalypse (we're assuming), it's just Halloween. It's a fun night for kids and adults alike, but it can also be a dangerous night on our roadways. That's why the Dalton Police Department is reminding drivers to be on the lookout for kids on Friday!
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) ranks Halloween among the Top 3 most deadly days for pedestrians. Not only are there more children and parents walking on sidewalks and along roadways on Halloween, but many Halloween costumes can limit the wearer's vision which can cause them not to see approaching cars. Some Halloween costumes are also dark colored and can be harder to see as the evening wears on. The Dalton Police Department reminds drivers to slow down and be on the lookout, especially when driving in residential areas.
The DPD also reminds parents and guardians who drive their trick-or-treaters from house to house to make sure they are obeying all occupant safety laws. Never put more children into a vehicle than it was designed to carry. All children under the age of eight must be properly restrained in an approved child safety seat when the vehicle is on the roadway, and older kids must be buckled up in a seat belt.
The Dalton Police Department wishes everyone a safe and happy Halloween. Here are more safety tips for Friday night's festivities provided by Safe Kids Worldwide:
Here are more Halloween Safety Tips provided by Safe Kids Worldwide:
- Cross the street at corners, using traffic signals and crosswalks
- Look left, right, and left again when crossing and keep looking both ways as you cross
- Put electronic devices down and keep heads up. Walk, don't run, when crossing!
- Teach children to make eye contact with stopped drivers before crossing in front of them.
- Always walk on sidewalks or along paths. If there are no sidewalks, walk facing traffic as far to the left of the roadway as possible. Children should walk on direct routes with the fewest street crossings.
- Watch for cars that are turning or backing up! Teach children to NEVER dart out into the street or cross between parked cars.
Keep Costumes Creative AND Safe
- Decorate costumes and bags with reflective tape or stickers and, if possible, choose light colors
- Choose face paint and makeup whenever possible instead of masks which can obstruct a child's vision
- Have kids carry glow sticks or flash lights to help them see and be seen by drivers.
- When selecting a costume, make sure it is the right size to prevent tripping and falling.
Trick or Treat With An Adult!
Children under the age of 12 should not be alone at night without adult supervision. If kids are mature enough to be out without supervision, they should stick to familiar areas that are well lit and trick-or-treat in groups.