Road Safety and some Green Cross Code

• keep looking left and right before and when crossing you cross the road. This may seem a silly thing to say however more children and young people are seriously hurt by being hit by cars than any other circumstances.
• We know many like their mobile phones, however it is best not to keep looking down at it whilst you’re walking on the streets and crossing roads.
• Children should be taught to make eye contact with drivers before crossing in front of them, even at a zebra crossing.
• Always opt to walk on the paths and try not to go on a route where you walk on lanes or roads, especially in the dark.
• Try to cross the roads at crossings and not between cars.

Trick or Treating 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, remind them to stick to familiar areas that are well lit and trick-or- treat in groups.

Wearing costumes for Halloween is fun, however make sure they’re safe

• Decorate costumes and bags with reflective tape or stickers and, if possible, choose light colours.
• Choose face paint and makeup whenever possible instead of masks, which can obstruct a child’s vision.
• Have kids carry glow sticks, LEDs, flashlights to help them see and be seen by drivers.

Drive Extra Safely on Halloween

• Slow down and be especially alert in residential areas. Children are very excited on Halloween and may move in unpredictable ways.
• Take extra time to look for children on the roads and if you can see them it doesn’t necessarily mean they’ve seen you.
• Enter and exit driveways with caution as an unusual amount of children are out and a bout on Halloween.
• Drive slowly, anticipate heavy pedestrian traffic and turn your headlights on earlier in the day
to spot children from greater distances. Even at dusk light strips can be seen with headlights on.
• Popular trick-or-treating hours are 5:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. so be especially alert for children during those hours.

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