The Texas Department of Public Safety is reminding parents, drivers and children to incorporate safety into their Halloween plans. Adults and kids can avoid a variety of potential dangers by adhering to basic safety practices and using extra caution in areas where trick-or-treaters will be celebrating.
“Trick-or-treaters of various ages will be out for Halloween, and drivers should exercise additional caution, especially watching for children who may suddenly dart into the roadway,” said DPS Director Steven McCraw. “To help avoid a needless tragedy, slow down, avoid distractions, and don’t drink and drive. If your celebration involves alcohol, always designate a sober driver or choose alternate transportation.”
DPS offers the following tips to keep in mind while driving during Halloween:
Look both ways before crossing roadways, and always walk; don’t run.
Cross the roadway at intersections and crosswalks.
Travel in groups with adult supervision and in neighborhoods you are familiar with.
Do not enter the cars or homes of strangers, and avoid homes with porch lights turned off.
Make sure children know their home phone number and how to call 911 or their local emergency number in case they have an emergency or become lost.
Take all treats home for an adult to inspect before eating anything, and never eat candy obtained without a wrapper.
People should also follow these tips when selecting a costume:
Avoid toy guns and knives – they could easily be mistaken for a real weapon.
Wear costumes that are light in color or place reflective material on the costume, so drivers can see you.
Avoid using masks, if possible, to allow for better visibility and peripheral vision.
Carry a flashlight.