Pedestrian safety tips for trick-or-treating
- Light the way. Bring glow sticks or a flashlight with extra batteries so your trick-or-treater can see (and be seen) in the dark.
- Be visible. Put reflective tape on clothes, costumes, and trick-or-treat bags so your trick-or-treater can be seen by passing motorists.
- Use the crosswalk. Cross the street at a crosswalk or intersection. Never cross the street from between parked cars and don’t assume you have the right-of-way.
- Stay on the sidewalk. If available, use the sidewalk. Otherwise walk on the shoulder facing traffic.
- Pay attention. Distracted walking can be as hazardous as distracted driving so watch where you are going.
- Review traffic safety. Talk to your trick-or-treater about basic traffic laws before leaving the house.
Driver safety reminders
- Remove distractions. Remember, it is illegal to hold a mobile device while driving in Minnesota. Put your phone in the glovebox or the back seat.
- Practice defensive driving. Be cautious and stay alert to reduce your risk of getting into a crash. Enter and exit driveways and alleys carefully.
- Watch your speed. Pay attention to the speed limit and drive slower when you are around pedestrians.
- Be prepared to stop. Trick-or-treaters may ignore crosswalks and traffic signals so stay alert. Do not pass a vehicle stopped at a crosswalk – they may be stopped for a pedestrian.
- Do not drive under the influence. Every 51 minutes, one person in the United States dies in a motor vehicle crash that involves an alcohol-impaired driver.
- Properly buckle kids no matter how short the trip. Properly buckling children in their car seats, booster seats, and seat belts when transporting them and making sure that their costumes don’t interfere with them being properly buckled.
One of our favorite annual traditions at Woodbury Public Safety is back! Heroes, witches and all ghostly creatures are welcome to stop for Halloween Tricks or Treats at Afton Road Fire Station, 6301 Upper Afton Road, for an open house with apple cider and candy. The station will be open Saturday, Oct. 31, from 5-8 p.m.
Please note: the Radio, Thames and Fox Run Stations will not be open for trick-or-treating this year.