Police urge safety in Halloween activities

October 29, 2008|By ERIN JULIUS


Local police and State Highway Administration officials want to make sure children arrive home safely after trick-or-treating.

Trick-or-treaters should be accompanied by adults and take flashlights or wear glow bracelets when they are out, Lt. Mark Holtzman said Tuesday.

The Washington County Sheriff's Department will have off-duty deputies patrolling neighborhoods throughout the county where children will be trick-or-treating, Lt. Timothy Baker said.

As part of its Vests for Visibility program, the State Highway Administration is loaning safety vests to parents for free. Children may wear the vests over their costumes.


Vests may be picked up through Friday, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at 18320 Col. Henry Douglas Drive in Hagerstown. They must be returned by Nov. 7.

Call 301-791-4790 for more information.

Safety tips for trick-or-treaters

The following safety tips for trick-or-treaters were provided by the Maryland State Highway Administration:

o Look left, right and left again before crossing the street.

o Be sure to see and be seen. Avoid dark clothing, wear bright colors and use reflective devices such as vests and blinking lights.

o Avoid costumes that might impair vision.

o Make eye contact with drivers when crossing the street.

o Stay alert and be on the lookout for cars traveling above the speed limit.

Safety tips for drivers

o Stop for pedestrians. Maryland law requires motorists to stop for pedestrians in marked crosswalks and intersections.

o Obey the speed limit. Speeding only makes it more difficult to stop unexpectedly.

o Motorists should be more cautious during peak trick-or-treating hours of 6 to 9 p.m.

o Enter and exit driveways slowly.

o Be alert for children darting across the street.

o Watch for children crossing between parked cars.

o When driving children to and from different activities, make sure all seat belts are fastened and let children out of the car on the curbside.

o Never drink and drive. Designate a sober driver.

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