Minnesota Department of Transportation Officials Remind Drivers To Watch For Trick or Treaters
Officials from the Minnesota Department of Transportation are reminding drivers to be on the look out for Halloween trick-or-treaters the next few nights. Unlike other holidays which tend to see an increase in vehicular traffic, Halloween brings out a large number of pedestrians – especially small children.
Sadly, October was the deadliest month for pedestrians from 2007-2011.
MnDOT officials remind drivers to be cautious when they’re on the road – especially in the early evening. Slow down in residential neighborhoods and school zones. Scan the road and sides of the road ahead for pedestrians. Look carefully behind your vehicle when backing up. And last but not least, avoid distractions like cell phones.
Parents of trick-or-treaters are also reminded to use safety and common sense when allowing your children to be out for Halloween. First and foremost, accompany your child. Make eye contact with drivers and ensure that they see you. Cross the street at established cross walks and in well-lit areas. Wear bright-colored clothing – with reflective materials if possible. Walk on sidewalks not the street.