Before you know it, ghosts and goblins will be running in the streets to trick-or-treat and the California Highway Patrol wants to make sure kids stay safe this Halloween.
Chief Steve Beeuwsaert, Southern Division Commander, says the department wants the children to have a fun but safe trick or treating experience.
“Halloween is traditionally a time for children to have fun, but most often it is the children who can be injured by situations that are avoidable,” says Beeuwsaert. “Be sure you don’t drink and drive and are not distracted while driving. There are many children out and about and any amount of alcohol or a small distraction could turn into a huge tragedy.”
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“In the excitement of the night, kids often dart across streets,” he continued. “Pedestrian accidents are statistically one of the ways most children are injured on Halloween. Be sure that, as a parent, you accompany your children for their safety and your peace of mind.”
Below are some safety tips for adults and youngsters so you can enjoy this special night:
-Make sure your child carries a flashlight, glow stick or has reflective tape on their costume to make them more visible.
-Younger children should be accompanied by an adult or older sibling.
-Make sure your child is able to see out of their mask properly and can walk in their costume without tripping.
-Remind kids not to enter a strange house or car.
-Talk to your children about ‘stranger-danger’ and the safety precautions when around someone they do not know.
The CHP also wants to remind those driving on Halloween to be extra cautious. Despite past warnings, some drivers are still not getting the message that driving while distracted will not be tolerated. On Tuesday, Oct. 26, CHP officers in L.A. County focused on distracted driving and cited more than 340 drivers for texting or talking on mobile phones while driving and other traffic violations due to distractions.