The Enid News and Eagle, Enid, OK

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October 29, 2013

Be safe on Halloween

Enid Police Department encourages talking to kids and teen drivers before they go out on Halloween to ensure they practice safe and alert pedestrian and driving behavior.

• Attach lights, glow sticks or reflective tape to your child’s costume and treat bag when trick-or-treating. He or she also should have a flashlight.

• Be careful if you’re sending a young child out alone; encourage his or her friends to join your group.

• Make sure he or she knows the right way to cross the street, especially after dark. Don’t cross between parked cars.

• If your child goes trick-or-treating without adult supervision, know his or her route beforehand. Also, have him or her regularly check in with a cellphone.

“The best tip you can ever give is go to places you’re familiar with,” said Enid Police Capt. Jack Morris. “It’s best that you go to places where you’re familiar with that person. And if something doesn’t seem right, be sure to report it to the police department.”

Safe Kids Worldwide recommends the following tips to parents and caregivers:

Child/Pedestrians

• Children under 12 should trick-or-treat and cross streets with an adult.

• Always walk on sidewalks or paths. If there are no sidewalks, walk facing traffic as far to the left as possible.

• Cross the street at corners, using traffic signals and crosswalks. Parents should remind children to watch for cars that are turning or backing up.

• Look left, right and left again when crossing and keep looking as you cross. Walk, don’t run, across the street.

Drivers

• Slow down and be especially alert in residential neighborhoods. Children are excited on Halloween and may move in unpredictable ways.

• Anticipate heavy pedestrian traffic and turn your headlights on earlier in the day so you can spot children from greater distances.

• Remember costumes can limit children’s visibility and they may not be able to see your vehicle.

• Reduce any distractions inside your car so you can concentrate on the road and your surroundings.

 

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