A safe Halloween

A pre-Halloween note at streetsblog last week had a list of safety tips prepared by NYCDOT for costumed kiddees and drivers on the holiday. Curiosity raised, I checked to see if LADOT had a similar list. If they do, I can’t find it anywhere…maybe because I’m planning on going as Clark Kent for the second straight year, they decided to hide it from me as a form of protest of my unoriginality.

I did find safety tips from the fire department, police department, and a program from 2005 where Mayor Villaraigosa tried to get drivers to pledge to slow down. There are some transportation related tips on all the links above, but for safety’s sake, here’s what NYC DOT came up with:

For Kids

1. Kids 10 and under should trick-or-treat with a trusted adult
2. Only trick-or-treat in familiar areas that are well lit
3. Cross streets at corners, using traffic signals and crosswalks
4. Look left, right and left again when crossing; always walk, don’t run, when crossing streets
5. Make eye contact with drivers and watch for cars that are turning or backing up
6. Walk on sidewalks or paths; if there are no sidewalks, walk facing traffic as far to the left as possible
7. Never dart out into the street or cross in between parked cars
8. Wear light-colored, flame-retardant, costumes decorated with retro-reflective tape or stickers
9. Wear well-fitting, sturdy shoes to prevent trips and falls
10. Carry a flashlight or glow stick to increase visibility to drivers
11. Wear face paint and makeup; a mask can restrict a child’s vision

For Motorists
12. Be especially alert in residential neighborhoods
13. Drive more slowly and anticipate heavy pedestrian traffic on and near the road
14. Be sure to drive with your full headlights on so you can spot children from greater distances
15. Take extra time to actively look for kids at intersections, on medians and on curbs
16. Remember that costumes can limit children’s visibility and they may not be able to see your vehicle
17. Enter and exit driveways and alleys slowly and carefully
18. Remember that children are excited on this night and may move in unpredictable ways
19. Remember that popular trick-or-treating hours are during the typical rush-hour period, between 5:30-9:30 p.m.
20. Reduce any distractions inside your car so you can concentrate on the road and pedestrians

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