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Keep The Roads Safe for Trick-Or-Treaters – Be Alert and Follow the Rules of the Road this Halloween

As another spooktacular Halloween approaches, Ontario is reminding drivers and pedestrians to be aware and stay safe while trick-or-treating.

Excited ghosts, goblins and ghouls are roaming the streets after dark on Halloween and may forget safety rules. Drivers are reminded to follow these safety precautions:

  • Be alert and slow down when you see trick-or-treaters
  • Avoid any distractions and put down the phone
  • Always keep your eyes on the road and hands on the wheel
  • Yield to crossing pedestrians, especially when turning.

Parents are encouraged to remind their trick-or-treaters to:

  • Be seen — wear costumes with bright fabrics or reflective tape and carry a flashlight with fresh batteries
  • Be alert and cautious of their surroundings, especially on roadways
  • Always walk — do not run from house to house
  • Walk on the sidewalks whenever possible, don’t jaywalk and always cross at pedestrian crossovers or marked intersections
  • If a sidewalk is unavailable, walk on the left side of the street facing traffic.

Review safety precautions before heading out to trick-or-treat, including pedestrian and traffic safety rules.

QUICK FACTS

  • Motor vehicle collisions are the main cause of death for Canadian children.
  • Distracted driving is a leading cause of collisions on Ontario roads. According to 2013 collision statistics, one person is injured in a distracted driving collision every 30 minutes.
  • Drivers caught talking, texting, typing, dialing or e-mailing using a hand-held cellphone and other hand-held communication and entertainment device face a fine of up to $1,000 and receive three demerit points upon conviction.