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Halloween Safety Tips for Drivers, Parents and Children

UNDATED- With Halloween around the corner and thousands of area children dreaming of candy, the American Automobile Association- Mid-Atlantic advises parents, motorists, party hosts and trick-or-treaters to follow basic safety steps and ensure a fun night for everyone.

AAA Mid-Atlantic is offering several tips for motorists to help keep themselves and trick-or-treaters safe this Halloween:

  • Do not drive if you have been drinking; be sure to use a designated driver.
  • If you have been drinking, call a cab or have a sober friend or relative drive you home.
  • If you cannot find a safe ride home, stay where you are until you are completely sober.
  • If you are hosting a party, make sure your guests do not drive impaired.
  • When driving, be sure to watch your speed. Motorists should slow down as they drive through neighborhood areas, preferably five miles per hour less than the posted speed limit.
  • Watch carefully for children crossing the street. Children may not be paying attention to traffic and might cross mid-block or between parked cars. Motorists should scan far ahead in traffic to watch for children and try to anticipate their actions.
  • Look out for children in dark clothing. Children may be difficult to see if they are wearing dark costumes or masks. Be aware that masks may hinder a child's peripheral vision, and they may not be able to see a vehicle.
  • Pay close attention to all traffic signs, signals and markings.

Some important reminders for Halloween party hosts and hostesses include:

  • Plan your party and line up designated drivers. While planning this season's holiday parties, don't forget about the designated drivers.
  • Provide plenty of food - particularly high-protein dishes - so guests won't drink on an empty stomach.
  • Never serve alcohol to anyone under the legal drinking age in your locale.
  • Watch for the tell-tale signs of intoxication in your guests, such as slurred speech, red eyes and excessive sweating and sleepiness.
  • Snatch it. Take the keys away from anyone who is thinking of driving while impaired.
  • Remind your guests of the odds. About three in every ten Americans will be involved in an alcohol-related crash at some time in their lives.
  • Provide a substitute. As the party winds down, you can eliminate alcohol service entirely and substitute one or more of these recipes.
  • Be the closer. Close your bar 90 minutes before your party is over and serve a great dessert treat and coffee, tea or soft drinks.

For adults heading to a Halloween party, the best advice is DON'T DRINK AND DRIVE.

More than half of all traffic fatalities on Halloween are alcohol-related, according to AAA Mid-Atlantic.


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