As Halloween quickly approaches, the Long Beach Police Department is reminding both children and motorists about proper safety measures that should be taken on this day. Halloween has become a particularly dangerous day; the number of children ages0-14 fatally injured on Halloween has regularly been nearly three times higher than the daily average, according to data by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
Police Commissioner Michael Tangney offers these tips from AAA to parents and their children on Halloween:
- Be bright at night; use reflective tape on costumes and treat bags, wear light colors and carry flashlights and glow sticks for extra visibility. - Don’t wear a costume that obstructs vision. Use makeup instead of a mask. - Wear a costume you can walk in – comfortable footwear and nothing that drags on the ground. - Look all ways and listen for traffic before crossing streets and driveways. - Trick-or-treat on one side of the street at a time, crossing only at corners and crosswalks. Stay out of the roadway! - Younger children should always be accompanied by an adult or trustworthy teen; older children should be given boundaries and should communicate with their parents along the way.
AAA also suggests the following tips for motorists on Halloween:
- Try to avoid cutting through residential areas where trick-or-treaters are likely to be present. - Obey all traffic signs and signals, and travel with extreme caution in residential areas. - Scar far ahead and watch attentively for children who may be excitedly running from house to house or crossing at unexpected places. - Avoid driving distractions, even after traditional trick-or-treat hours – older children and teens may be without adult supervision. - And it goes without saying, if you’re attending an adult Halloween party where alcohol is being served, be sure to have a designated driver!