Halloween is Coming, Keep a Keen Eye for Kids near Roadways

The Indiana Department of Transportation, Indiana State Police and Indiana Criminal Justice Institute urge drivers to watch for little ghouls and goblins trick or treating on Indiana streets this Monday evening, Oct. 31. Look out for abnormal traffic patterns as drivers turn to visit friends and family, or stop to allow pedestrians to cross. Park your mobile phone. Avoid distractions by waiting until you’ve stopped to call or text. Yield to young pedestrians. Children might not stop, either because they don’t see your vehicle approaching or they may not know how to safely cross the street. Communicate with other drivers. Always use your turn signals, and if you pull off or pick up your kids, turn on your hazard lights. Homeowners should keep walkways clear of obstacles and well lighted. Keep lit candles and other luminaries away from areas where children will be. Many communities, schools and churches offer children safe alternatives to trick-or-treating designed to keep children safely within parents’ view. Some hospitals and schools allow children to trick or treat by going from room to room, virtually eliminating the dangers associated with being out walking on the street after dark.

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