Halloween is a special day in San Elijo Hills. Many of our neighborhoods have made it a tradition to mask the houses with the spook and splendor of All Hallow’s Eve.However, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration,”Halloween is consistently one of the top three days for pedestrian injuries and fatalities, and estimates that children are four times more likely to be struck by a motor vehicle on Halloween than any other day of the year.” (AAA Exchange)
To help keep our residents safe during this holiday, the Pace committee would like to share a few safety tips:
- Don’t drive at night on Halloween unless necessary – block your calendar to be a walk or at-home night.
- If you must drive, slow down in residential neighborhoods, at least 5 mph below the speed limit. This will give you that extra time to react if one of those unpredictable princesses or cowboys darts into the street.
- Watch for children everywhere. Dressed in dark costumes, they will be hard to see. They will be not be using crosswalks. They will be walking and running in the middle of the streets, medians and curbs. And they may be darting out from parked cars and driveways. They will be excited and distracted.
- Parents please review pedestrian safety with your children prior to hitting the streets to trick-or-treat.
- Stay on sidewalks and avoid walking in streets if possible. If there are no sidewalks, walk on the left side of the road, facing oncoming traffic.
- Travel in groups.
- Carry a bright flashlight and add reflective gear to costumes and candy buckets.
- Keep flashlights facing downward, not into the eyes of drivers.
- Make sure masks do not obstruct vision. Better yet, forgo masks and use costume makeup.
These tips are brought to you by your neighborhood Pace-San Elijo Safe Streets committee. Take the Pace Pledge today at www.SanElijoHills.org and like our Facebook page (Pace-San Elijo Safe Streets) to get involved and learn how you can help keep our streets safe.