Officer Jon Hudson, community resource officer for the Monument Police Department, reminds the community to be safe and take precautions while out trick-or-treating and attending Halloween festivities. Below are some tips he has suggested.
Halloween is a very exciting holiday for children but they can be vulnerable to injury on this night more than any other night during the year. To insure children stay safe on Halloween, here are a few tips for the children and adults that drive on Halloween night.
Always trick-or-treat with an adult and do it in familiar areas that are well lit.
Cross streets at corners, utilizing traffic signals and crosswalks.
Always make eye contact with drivers and watch for cars that are turning or backing up.
Walk on sidewalks or paths; if there are no sidewalks, walk facing traffic as far to the left as possible.
NEVER run into the street or cross in between parked cars.
Wear light colored, flame-retardant costumes decorated with reflective tape or stickers.
Wear well-fitted, sturdy shoes to prevent trips and falls.
ALWAYS carry a flashlight or glow stick to increase visibility to drivers.
Wear face paint or makeup, not a mask; a mask can restrict a child's vision.
Be alert in residential neighborhoods.
Drive slower and anticipate heavy pedestrian traffic on and near the road.
Take extra time to actively look for kids at intersections, on medians and on curbs.
Enter and exit driveways and alleys slowly and carefully.
Remember that popular trick-or-treating hours are during the typical rush hour period, between 5:30-9:30 pm.
Reduce any distractions inside your car so you can concentrate on the road and pedestrians.