SCARSDALE, N.Y. -- The Scarsdale Police Department and AAA are asking drivers to be careful during the Halloween season.
The department recently released a list of tips and cautions for residents to keep in mind for Halloween. Police are letting motorists know that "children are being placed in potentially dangerous traffic situations, and are more likely to be injured by a motor vehicle than any other night of the year, according to a study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention," according to a press release from the department.
"While Halloween lands on a Thursday this year, many festivities often take place the weekend before, putting a large number of both youth and adult partygoers on the road at that time," representatives said in the release.
The Scarsdale Police Department and AAA of New York released the following tips, according to the release:
- Be bright at night; use reflective tape on costumes and treat bags, wear light colors and carry flashlights for extra visibility.
- Don’t wear a costume that obstructs vision. Instead of masks, try non‐toxic face paint.
- Look all ways and listen for traffic before crossing, and review pedestrian safety rules before you leave the house.
- Cross at corners, not between parked cars or mid‐block.
- Use sidewalks where available. If there are no sidewalks, always walk facing traffic on the left side of the road.
- Younger children should always be accompanied by an adult or trustworthy teen. Older children should be given boundaries and should communicate with their parents along the way.
- Avoid driving through residential areas where trick‐or‐treaters are likely to be present.
- Obey all traffic signals and travel with extreme caution through residential areas.
- Scan far ahead and watch attentively for children who may be excitedly running from house to house.
- Turn on your headlights, even in daylight, to make your vehicle more visible.