Montgomery Township, Pennsylvania

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2020 Halloween Safety

The following safety information is from the The Partnership TMA of Montgomery County 

Halloween can be lots of fun for all ages, however,  it’s also a night that typically sees more vehicle accidents involving pedestrians and last year there were 144 crashes in the Philadelphia region including 11 that involved a pedestrian. According to Safe Kids Worldwide, on average, children are more than twice as likely to be hit by a car and killed on Halloween than any other day of the year.

Please take a couple of minutes to read these safety tips from PennDOT:-

Motorists are reminded to be extra cautious and always practice safe driving behaviors

  • Do not drive impaired. If you are planning to venture out for the holiday and drink, plan and designate a sober driver, or use public transportation to get home safely. Social distancing activities and masks are recommended to help reduce the spread of COVID-19 when celebrating with members outside of your household.
  • Keep eyes on the road. Avoid distractions, such as cell phone use, eating and adjusting the radio.
  • Slow Down. If motorists are practicing safe speeds, they are more aware of their surroundings.
  • If you are out driving on Halloween night, you should be extra cautious, especially in residential neighborhoods where children may be out, who are not necessarily paying attention to you or your car.

Pedestrians, please remember these safety tips:

  • Practice social distancing and wear a cloth mask over your nose and mouth (recommended for children 2 years-old and up) to help prevent the spread of COVID;
  • If trick-or-treating, try to remain with members in your household only.
  • Carry a flashlight.
  • Place reflective tape on your costume, or wear a glow stick, so drivers can see you.
  • Walk on the sidewalk if one is available, or walk on the left side of the road, facing traffic.
  • Never walk in between parked cars.
  • Always cross the street at a corner and look both ways before crossing.

Young trick-or-treaters should be accompanied by an adult and safety should be at the forefront during this time “Do not walk distracted and put down your electronic device,” said Trooper Jessica Tobin, Community Service Officer for the Pennsylvania State Police Media Station.