Halloween Safety on the Road

Halloween Safety Tips on the Road

Halloween is a fun holiday, full of party-goers, people attending haunted houses, and trick-or-treaters. Most of the festivities for Halloween happen after it’s dark, making both events more fun.

There’s a scary side to this night though that doesn’t involve ghosts or ghouls; it’s all the dangers that happen during the night. Here are some great tips to keep you safe, whether you are the driver or the pedestrian.

Tips for Drivers

Drive Slowly. Wherever you are driving, there are most likely going to be a lot of pedestrians around. The best way to stay safe is to drive slowly.

Both children and teenagers don’t pay attention well when they are focused on friends or getting to the next house for candy. As a driver, you should anticipate that people will step into the road when it isn’t an intersection or crosswalk.

Park Legally. Be careful where you park. When you come to a crowded area at a Halloween party or event, make sure you are parked in a marked parking spot. Some drivers get lazy and park illegally when the only available spots are in the back of a parking lot, or the lot is full.

This presents a hazard for other cars because they can’t maneuver their vehicles around illegally parked cars, potentially damaging your car in the process. It also makes the area more difficult to see properly, increasing chances of an incident occurring.

Tips for Pedestrians

Cross Smart. While drivers should be going slow through neighborhoods and around crowded areas, that doesn’t mean the pedestrian has nothing to worry about.

Always look both ways before crossing the street and stay on the sidewalk. For adults taking little trick-or-treaters around, it is best to not let them run ahead too far. Teach them to always wait for you to cross the street.

Be Seen. To add another layer of protection, wear something that is reflective or has light. Many stores sell glow stick necklaces and bracelets to put on kids to make them more visible. When so many costumes are black, or dark colored, it makes it hard to see pedestrians.

Use Your Eyes. It’s also important that you increase your ability to see dangers. If you, or the younger members of your group, are wearing masks, you can’t see as well.

Make sure to walk around with the mask up and encourage others to do the same. You can always put the mask back on before you knock on the next door. It just isn’t worth the hazard to be difficult to see and not see well yourself.

Safety Awareness Event

To help promote awareness about staying safe on Halloween, 911 Spokane is hosting a fun trunk or treat event for the community. Come and collect candy from the trunks of cars. These types of events allow even your youngest ghouls, princesses, and superheroes to collect candy in a controlled, safe environment, where there will be no moving vehicles or streets to cross.

Let’s work together to help keep Halloween a fun holiday by preventing unnecessary tragedies.

Taking a “Brake” for National Teen Driver Safety Week

Taking a Brake for National Teen Driver Safety Week

The week of October 15-21 is National Teen Driver Safety Week. What does this mean to you and why is it important? Teen drivers are considered a high-risk group of drivers because of their inexperience behind the wheel and tendency to make rash decisions.

This week was set up as an outreach to teen drivers in ways that help raise awareness about certain issues. States have their own campaigns that promote the different areas of distracted driving, the importance of seat belts, and not driving impaired.

Distracted Driving

Distracted driving comes in many forms, including eating, applying make-up, or picking things up off the floor of a moving car. The importance of always paying attention to the road while operating a vehicle is vital to keeping drivers safe and from causing harm to others. Two areas of emphasis for many states are the distractions of cell phones and friends in the car.


One of the biggest distractions to drivers of every age are cellphones. This is highlighted during teen driver safety week to prevent habits from sticking. Since the brain is not fully developed in rational decision making when most teens get their license, it is important to emphasize the point multiple times that looking at a cellphone screen for just five seconds endangers the teen driver, surrounding drivers, and pedestrians.


The U.S. Department of Transportation has distributed a study on the effect of passengers in the vehicle with teen drivers. It’s no surprise that a group of friends in the car is going to distract the driver because of volume and horseplay. When multiple teenaged peers are in the car, horseplay was 9 times more likely and loud conversation increased 26% of the time, as compared to when an adult or parent was present. With more rowdiness and disorder happening in the car, it’s easy to see how the driver can’t focus as well on operating the vehicle. Other teens were more likely to engage in risky behavior and ignore traffic laws with friends present.

Wearing a Seatbelt

Buckling up has been a national campaign to spread the message that it can make the difference between life and death in a car accident. Plenty of movies have been made that show consequences of no seatbelts and pledges are available for signing. Parents can also make an effort to emphasize the need to put on a seatbelt before starting the vehicle.

Impaired Driving

Some vendors are using this week to emphasize the dangers of impaired driving. Whether it’s alcohol, drugs, or prescription medication, it is important that teens know to not drive under the influence of these items. Using the drunk goggles or a driving simulator with delayed reactions in place, organizations are showing teens what it feels like to be impaired behind the wheel when they can think straight. Hopefully, these demonstrations continue to spread awareness and prevent tragedies in the future.

If you want to get involved in National Teen Driver Safety Week, talk to your local city council, driver’s education program, or state’s Department of Transportation to see what events they have going on. Training the youngest drivers to be responsible is putting them on a path of safety for the rest of their lives.