Halloween Safety on the Road
When you’re driving home from work tonight please watch out for the little ghosts and goblins and parents of ghosts and goblins. It’s Halloween and in neighborhoods across Virginia and the United States, millions will be out running from house to house in search of chocolate and peanut butter and candy corn and lots of other goodies. Many will obey the rules of the road. Many will walk on sidewalks, cross at intersections and we hope that there will be plenty of flashlights and reflective clothing. But, let’s face it many won’t do these things. So, this is a special appeal to motorists and all drivers to be extra vigilant on Halloween. Really focus on the road and avoid distractions like your phone. At any time a child could bolt out from behind a car in an effort to dart across the street. Parents might have a flashlight, but no batteries. Reflective clothing isn’t always comfortable. As a driver let’s make it a priority to put our phone down and keep our eyes forward. Here are a few tips to remember that will help us all stay safe. MOTORISTS Eyes forward, phone down. Avoid speeding and obey the posted speed limit in neighborhoods. Yield to pedestrians. Slow down. PEDESTRIANS Wear bright or reflective clothing. Carry a light. Use sidewalks and crosswalk. Walk against traffic when possible.