Halloween Night Sees the Most Pedestrian Traffic of the Year



    BURNABY, BC, Oct. 15 /CNW/ - The BCAA Traffic Safety Foundation is
reminding drivers that Halloween is one of the busiest and scariest nights to
be out driving.
    "Pedestrian traffic is always busy on Halloween night," stated Allan
Lamb, executive director of the BCAA Traffic Safety Foundation. "Unlike New
Year's Eve, the majority are small children out and about, and with all of the
excitement, they tend to forget the road safety that they have been taught."
Lamb reminds drivers to be patient and remember the rules of the road.
    Most importantly, don't drink or take drugs before you get behind the
wheel. This year Halloween falls on a Friday, the weeknight that typically
sees higher instances of impaired driving. "Driving while impaired is almost
guaranteeing that someone will get seriously hurt or killed," adds Lamb.
    Parents are reminded that dark nights make it difficult for drivers to
see clearly. Never assume that a driver is going to see your child. It is
better to make sure that you go over Halloween safety rules with children
before heading out to trick-or-treat. "Wear bright colours, travel together in
a group and pay attention to traffic are good ways to stay safe," says Lamb.
    The BCAA Traffic Safety Foundation offers some helpful tips for both
drivers and trick-or-treaters.

    
    TIPS FOR A SAFE HALLOWEEN:

    For Drivers -

    -   Turn on your headlights before dusk. This will increase your vehicles
        visibility.
    -   Slow down as you drive through residential areas - 10 km slower can
        make a big difference in an emergency stop.
    -   Watch for children darting out from behind parked cars.
    -   Come to a full stop at designated intersections and proceed slowly
        when driving through.
    -   Do not drive if you have been drinking - find alternate
        transportation such as riding with a designated driver, taking a taxi
        or transit.

    For Parents and Children -

    -   Children wear light or reflective costumes that are easy to move in
        and don't cause tripping, and use face paint instead of wearing a
        mask.
    -   Children carry a flashlight
    -   Never run out between two parked cars. Always cross at a designated
        intersection, looking both ways and make sure drivers see you before
        you cross.
    -   If there is no sidewalk, always walk facing traffic and as far off
        the road as possible.
    -   Parents make sure the "loot route" is planned along well-lit streets
    -   Parents accompany children and make sure the group travels together.
    -   Parents review the "rules of the road" before starting out.

    Other Tips for a Safe Halloween -

    -   Never eat treats until you get home and an adult has checked your
        loot.
    -   Check wrappers of commercially sold treats for signs of tampering.
    -   Notify the police if anything dangerous is found so they can find the
        person responsible before anyone gets hurt.
    

    About BCAA Traffic Safety Foundation

    The BCAA Traffic Safety Foundation is a non-profit registered charity
working with families, communities and business partners to reduce the number
and severity of traffic crashes and injuries in B.C. For more information
visit www.BCAATSF.ca or call 604-298-5107.

    
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For further information:

For further information: Lennea Durant, Media Relations, BCAA Traffic
Safety Foundation, Tel: (604) 875-1182, E-mail: lenneadurant@shaw.ca; Allan
Lamb, Executive Director, BCAA Traffic Safety Foundation, Tel: (604) 297-2151,
E-mail: allan.lamb@tsf-bcaa.com

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