RALEIGH — The N.C. Department of Transportation, through its
Watch for Me NC pedestrian safety
campaign, urges parents, motorists and trick-or-treaters to be safe this
More than 2,200 people are injured or killed in collisions
with motor vehicles in North Carolina each year, and more than a third of those
collisions occur in the evening or at night.
With thousands of children expected to be parading the
streets on Oct. 31, the Watch for Me
campaign is offering these safety tips to help make this year’s Halloween safer
and more enjoyable:
Before children start
out on their trick-or-treat rounds, parents should:
Plan and discuss a safe route trick-or-treaters
intend to follow and establish a return time. Instruct your children to travel
only in familiar areas and along the established route.
Make sure that an adult or an older responsible
youth will be supervising the outing for children under age 12.
Make sure your child carries a flashlight, glow
stick or has reflective tape on their costume to make them more visible to
Let children know that they should stay together
as a group if going out to Trick or Treat without an adult.
Review all appropriate trick-or-treat safety
precautions, including pedestrian/traffic safety rules.
To have a safe
Trick-or-Treating adventure, trick-or-treaters should:
Stay in familiar neighborhoods along the
established route and stop only at familiar houses unless accompanied by an
Walk on sidewalks, not in the street. If there are no sidewalks, walk on the left
side of the road, facing traffic.
Cross streets at crosswalks when available. Look
both ways before crossing streets and cross when the lights tell you to cross,
after you check for cars in all directions.
Carry a flashlight, wear clothing with
reflective markings or tape, and stay in well lit areas. Wear a watch you can
read in the dark.
Don't cut across yards or driveways.
Motorists should be
especially alert on Halloween and should:
Drive slowly through residential streets and
areas where pedestrians trick-or-treating could be expected.
Watch for children darting out from between
Watch for children walking on roadways, medians,
Enter and exit driveways and alleys carefully.
At twilight and later in the evening, watch for
children in dark clothing.
About Watch for Me
The Watch for Me NC
campaign is a collaborative effort to reduce pedestrian crashes through
enhanced education and enforcement of pedestrian safety laws. The campaign,
which is being coordinated by a group of partners, including the North Carolina Department of Transportation,
UNC Highway Safety Research Center, Institute for Transportation Research and
Education at NCSU, area universities, and planning, engineering,
transportation, and police departments in Raleigh, Durham, Chapel Hill and
Carrboro, consists of pedestrian and driver-focused safety messages as well as
concerted efforts by area police to enforce pedestrian laws.