Halloween Safety from the Highway Patrol
The Wyoming Highway Patrol, and K9 Officer Basil, have some safety tips for Halloween for all of us.
Top safety tips for pedestrians:
• Costumes can be both creative and safe.
The most important thing is to make sure you can be seen by drivers. Decorate costumes and bags with reflective tape or stickers and, if possible, choose light colors. Masks can obstruct your vision, so choose non-toxic face paint and make-up whenever possible. Carry glow sticks or flashlights so you can see better, as well as be seen by drivers.
• Cross the street safely at corners.
Use traffic signals and crosswalks. Look left, right and left again when crossing and keep looking as you cross.
• Put electronic devices down.
Keep heads up and walk, don’t run, across the street.
• Walk on sidewalks or paths.
If there are no sidewalks, walk facing traffic as far to the left as possible.
• Slow down and stay alert.
Watch out for cars that are turning or backing up and don’t dart out into the street or cross in between parked cars.
Top safety tips for drivers:
Especially in residential neighborhoods. Remember that popular trick-or-treating hours are between 5:30 to 9:30 p.m.
• Be especially alert.
Take extra time to look for kids at intersections, on medians and on curbs. Children are excited on Halloween and may move in unpredictable ways.
• Reduce any distractions in your vehicle.
Such as talking on the phone or eating, so you can concentrate on the road and your surroundings.
Have a safe and happy Halloween Wyoming!