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Trick-or-treating safety tips: Share the road and make them glow

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Any other day of the year, many parents instruct their children not to play in the streets, especially after dark. Halloween may be the one event when families do the opposite, creating a unique situation for pedestrians and drivers who have to share the road.

As children take to the streets to collect their treats, here are a few safety tips from the Georgia Department of Transportation (DOT) for pedestrians and drivers to make sure everyone is safe, and the only terrors are the fun pranks at the scariest houses.

For parents walking with children:

-Decorate costumes and bags with reflective tape or stickers, and choose face paint or make-up whenever possible instead of masks, which can obstruct a child's vision.

-Have kids carry glow sticks or flashlights in order to see better, as well as be seen by drivers.

-Walk on the sidewalk if one is available. If not, walk facing traffic as far to the left as possible.

-Children should trick-or-treat and cross the street with an adult. The classic "look both ways before crossing the street" is always good practice.

-Never dart out into the street, or cross between cars.

For drivers in residential areas:

-Slow down and be especially alert in residential neighborhoods and school zones. Children are excited and may move in unpredictable ways.

-Take extra time to look for kids at intersections, on medians and on curbs.

-Reduce any distractions inside your car so you can concentrate on the road and your surroundings.

-Drive more slowly, anticipate heavy pedestrian traffic and be sure to drive with your full headlights on so you can spot children from greater distances.

-Remember that costumes can limit children's visibility and they may not be able to easily see your vehicle.

According to the Georgia DOT, consumers spend approximately $6.9 billion a year each Halloween. Staying aware of the hazards, and following these tips can help insure that everyone remains safe while enjoying their tricks and/or treats.  

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