AAA Texas: Keep Halloween a Treat By Following Safety Tips on the Roads and at

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(Coppell, TX) – Halloween is a time for frightening fun but if you’re not careful it could be a time for scary and preventable traffic crashes. This year Halloween will fall on Mon., Oct. 31.  AAA Texas reminds drivers that pedestrians will likely be out between the hours of 4:00 p.m. through midnight on that day. To help make the roadways safe this Halloween, drivers, trick-or-treaters and partygoers should follow these tips:

 

Drivers:

 

  • Avoid neighborhood shortcuts. If possible, avoid cutting through residential streets where trick-or-treaters are likely to be present. When providing directions to a party, try not to route guests through neighborhoods unnecessarily.

  • Watch for children in the street. Watch for children walking on streets, medians and curbs. Excited trick-or-treaters, often in dark costumes, may not pay attention to traffic and cross mid-block or between parked cars.

  • Slow down. According to the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety, a pedestrian is more than twice as likely to be killed if they’re hit by a car traveling at 35 mph compared to 25 mph.  What seems like a small difference—just 10 mph—can be the difference between life and death.

  • Drive sober.  Alcohol-impaired drivers make up about one-third of all motor vehicle deaths resulting in an average of one death every 45 minutes. Always designate a sober driver if you plan to drink. Visit http://duijusticelink.aaa.com/ to learn more.

     

    Parents and Pedestrians:

     

  • Trick-or-Treat together.  AAA recommends that parents accompany young trick-or-treaters at least until the age of 12. 

  • Review safety precautions with children. Include traffic safety rules in the review such as stay on the sidewalk, cross the street at crosswalks, avoid walking in front of, behind or between parked cars and stop at driveways to make sure no vehicles are coming in and out.

  • Select highly visible costumes. Look for light, bright and reflective costumes that make trick-or-treaters easy to see. Add reflective tape to costumes and treat buckets and bags to increase visibility.

  • Check costumes. Choose disguises that don't obstruct vision and opt for non-toxic face paint instead of masks. Check and adjust the length of costumes to avoid tripping and add reflective material or tape to keep kids visible.

  • Get a flashlight with fresh batteries. A flashlight can help trick-or-treaters see and be seen, but it should never be directed at someone’s eyes including those of passing motorists.

  • Buckle up.  If driving trick-or-treaters between neighborhoods, always use appropriate car seats and have children exit and enter on the passenger side of the vehicle.

     

    Plan For Safe Halloween Parties and Celebrations

     

    With Halloween falling on a Monday this year, many people may choose to throw parties or head to block parties to celebrate this coming weekend. As you would plan ahead for a costume, AAA Texas urges adult partygoers and party hosts to plan ahead to prevent impaired driving this Halloween weekend.

     

    If you plan to celebrate Halloween events with alcohol, AAA Texas suggests the following:

     

  • Make plans to get home safely. If celebrating with alcohol, arrange for a designated driver, cab or ride sharing service to be available to and from the party location.

  • Consider an overnight stay. If attending a party at a friend’s home, consider asking to stay overnight. If participating in festivities in a downtown or commercial area, look into hotel accommodations within walking distance.

  • Have safe transportation options ready. If hosting a party with alcohol, compile a list of phone numbers including local cab companies and organizations offering designated driver services to have readily available should guests need a safe way home.

  • Think about designated drivers and offer alternatives to alcohol. Plan to have non-alcoholic drink options available for designated drivers and others. Serve plenty of food so partygoers do not drink on empty stomachs.

     

    As North America’s largest motoring and leisure travel organization, AAA provides more than 56 million members with travel, insurance, financial and automotive-related services. Since its founding in 1902, the not-for-profit, fully tax-paying AAA has been a leader and advocate for the safety and security of all travelers. AAA clubs can be visited on the Internet at AAA.com.

     

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