Police are reminding both parents and trick-or-treaters that practicing safety precautions will make this Halloween a memorable one.
For both Children and Parents:
- Provide your child with a flashlight and select a costume with bright colours and reflective material to increase visibility to drivers.
- Use makeup instead of masks. Masks can reduce one’s ability to see obstacles, vehicles, and other people.
- Walk, don’t run and remember to stop, look and listen before crossing the street.
- Never criss-cross the street. Cross at crosswalks or intersections. Call on one side of the street, then the other.
- Never trick or treat alone, go in a group or with an adult. Draw a map outlining the route and set a curfew.
- Stay in familiar neighbourhoods and only go to homes that are well lit and that are participating in Halloween.
- Never go inside a stranger’s house to get your treat.
- Always have your treats checked by an adult before eating them.
- Drive slowly in residential areas where children are more like to be trick or treating.
- Watch out for children, many of whom may be wearing costumes with masks that make it difficult for them to see. Children are excited; they may
dart out in traffic,
- Reduce your distractions and stay alert.
- Remember to enter and exit driveways slowly and carefully. Proceed with caution,
- Never Drive Impaired
West Parry Sound Detachment Commander Staff Sergeant Mike Gordon says, “Traffic safety is everyone’s responsibility. Please drive carefully during Halloween”.