Halloween is tomorrow and once again we need to remind motorists to be mindful of increased pedestrian traffic.  Shorter, darker days make it increasingly difficult to spot pedestrians.  The MN DOT also offers tips for drivers and parents and children who are trick or treating.

Halloween safety tips for drivers:

  • Slow down in residential neighborhoods and school zones
  • Scan the road and sides of the road ahead for pedestrians.
  • Look carefully behind your vehicle, especially for small children, before backing up.
  • Avoid distractions—put away the cell phones.

Halloween safety tips for parents and children:

  • Make eye contact with drivers and ensure they see you and will stop before stepping into the road.
  • Cross the street in well-lit areas.
  • Wear bright-colored clothing and reflective material or carry a flashlight.
  • Cross streets at corners, not mid-block.
  • Walk on sidewalks or pathways. If there are no sidewalks, walk facing traffic as far to the left as possible.