Children are more likely to be hit by a car and killed on Oct. 31 than any other day of the year, according to the National Safety Council.
That’s why Montgomery County Department of Transportation is offering trick-or-treaters tips on how to stay safe by handing out prizes and promoting it’s Safe Routes to School Program at these events this Halloweekend:
- Friday, Oct. 29: Burnt Mills Elementary
- Friday, Oct. 29: Boo Bash at Westfield Wheaton
- Saturday, Oct. 30: HalloWheaton at Marian Fryer Town Plaza
- Sunday, Oct 31: Olney Farmer’s Market
“With the return to a more traditional Halloween this year, we want to remind residents that drivers need to slow down, avoid distraction and impairment, and use extra caution. Kids need to be visible, aware of traffic, and careful when walking on our streets,” said MCDOT Director Chris Conklin. “It is so important that we all take the necessary care to keep each other safe.”
— Montgomery County MD (@MontgomeryCoMD) October 29, 2021
MCDOT reminds anyone going out this weekend that:
- Drivers should slow down and be alert! Kids are excited on Halloween and may dart into the street. Reduce your speed and turn on headlights early in the day to spot kids from further away.
- Drivers and Trick or treaters should put electronic devices down and keep heads up and use caution on our streets and sidewalks.
- Trick or treaters should only cross the street at corners or crosswalks. Always look left, right, and left again when crossing, and keep looking as you cross. Walk, don’t run, across the street.
- Trick or treaters should make themselves more easily seen by carrying glow sticks or flashlights, use reflective tape or stickers on costumes and bags, and wear light colors.