5 Halloween Safety Tips for Pedestrians
Halloween is one of the most celebrated days of the year in the United States. It provides a fun night for kids, teens, and parents alike. However, even though a lot of fun can be involved, the increase in pedestrians on the streets can cause some extra risks that need to be discussed before celebrating your evening.
Only Cross the Street at an Intersection
Pedestrians should always use crosswalks, even if a driver in the opposite direction has the right of way. Vehicles approaching from both directions should yield to pedestrians. Make eye contact with drivers before crossing the street, and use a bright flashlight to ensure a driver can see you.
Bike with the flow of traffic.
Many trick-or-treaters like to use their bikes to get around the neighborhoods. If you decide to ride a bike on Halloween, remember to use bike lanes whenever possible. If the sidewalk is unavailable, look for a nearby green curb, driveway, or another accessible area to ride. Never ride on sidewalks.
Obey all traffic signs, signals, and markings.
Stay alert to traffic when crossing streets, and look both ways before you enter an intersection. Never assume that a driver will stop for you. If you don't see a sign, use extra caution than normal and ensure the the coast is clear before continuing
Make Your Costume Reflective and Visible.
Wear bright, reflective clothing, and carry a flashlight with a fresh bulb. Also, make sure your children are visible at all times, and keep reflective patches on their costumes. Also, wear light-colored or reflective shoes that are comfortable to walk in. As fall is in full swing, it is important to note that it gets darker much earlier than the summer months. Make sure you can be seen in low light to avoid the risks of a tragedy.
Always Obey the Speed Limit.
Pedestrians have the right-of-way when crossing the street. Stay as far to the right-hand side of the road as possible and follow the line of traffic until you reach the sidewalk or crosswalk. Pedestrians are allowed to cross against a red light as long as they do so in a marked crosswalk or at a green light. Don't cross at intersections without the crosswalk signal.
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