Have a safe and happy Halloween

PADUCAH — Keeping your trick-or-treater safe will require effort of drivers and those out trick-or- treating.

  • Parents should accompany children younger than 12.
  • Children should walk-not run from house to house.
  • Stay on sidewalks instead of walking between cars or on lawns, where there could be tripping hazards.
  • Look for cars when crossing driveways.
  • Don’t assume you have the right of way, because motorists may not see them.
  • Go trick-or-treating before it is truly dark, especially with young children.
  • Add reflective material to the front and back makes a costume easier to pick out.
  • Give children a flashlight to walk with in the dark so they can be more easily seen by drivers. Glow sticks can help too.

Drivers need to understand that Halloween is especially dangerous.

  • If you’re driving children around for trick-or-treating, make sure they’re buckled up appropriately in a child safety seat or with a seat belt.
  • Pull over at safe locations to let children exit at the curb and away from traffic. Use your hazard lights to alert other drivers of your car.
  • Try to park in a spot where you won’t need to back up.
  • Don’t use a cell phone or other mobile device while driving.

For more information from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and the U.S. Department of Transportation; click here.

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