Keep little ghouls, goblins safe on Halloween night

October 15, 2012

By Staff

NEW — 8 a.m. Oct. 15, 2012

City officials reminded Issaquah residents and motorists to remain on the lookout for little ghosts and goblins on Halloween, Oct. 31.

Most neighborhoods turn into haunting grounds for dozens of trick-or-treating children on Halloween night, and safety is a paramount concern for parents and police.

Motorists need to be extra careful to watch children dressed in costumes. Many costumes can be difficult to see at night, or include visibility-limiting masks. Young trick-or-treaters — in the excitement of evening — may also forget the rules of road.

Parents can keep children safe by dressing them in costumes that fit well and have reflective tape on them. Parents should avoid masks that distort or impede vision. Give trick-or-treaters a flashlight or glow sticks. Remind children to look both ways and cross only at corners or crosswalks.

Officials offer the following tips for motorists:

  • Watch your speed and stay below the posted limit.
  • Avoid distractions, including cellphones and music players.
  • Never text and drive.
  • Watch for children, and pay attention to what is happening on sidewalks and the roadway.
  • Be extra careful when pulling in and out of driveways.
  • Do not assume that children can see you or are paying attention. Motorists need to take responsibility.
  • Be cautious around vehicles that have stopped in the roadway. Do not pass; they could be dropping off children.
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