ICBC is reminding drivers to be cautious on Halloween

    VANCOUVER, Oct. 29 /CNW/ - With Halloween falling on a Friday this year,
ICBC is reminding drivers, parents and trick-or-treaters to be extra-cautious
and plan ahead.
    Halloween is for kids, but it's also become one of the biggest party
nights of the year for adults. That could make for a particularly dangerous
combination this year as an unusually large number of drivers head out to
Friday-night Halloween parties on streets filled with trick-or-treaters.
    According to the five-year average (2003-2007), on Halloween night,
between 3 pm and midnight there are approximately 390 crash incidents
resulting in 140 injured victims on BC roads.
    ICBC is also urging drivers to plan ahead for a busier than usual
afternoon rush hour as people try to make their way home to begin their
Halloween activities. Children will also be excited about Halloween as they
hurry home from school and may not be thinking about their personal safety, so
drivers need to be extra cautious.
    Halloween is a night that demands special precautions from everyone. The
following are tips for parents:

    -   If your children are under the age of ten, plan to accompany them;
    -   For older children, make them aware of the need to cross streets at
        corners, obey traffic signals and look both ways before crossing;
    -   Also warn them not to dart out into the street or cross in between
        parked cars;
    -   Dress them in light-coloured costumes and give them flashlights;
    -   Never let them wear a mask or costume that can restrict their vision.

    Tips for drivers on Halloween:

    -   Slow down and be especially alert while driving in residential areas;
    -   Always yield to pedestrians;
    -   Expect the unexpected - remember that children can easily get caught
        up in the excitement of Halloween and forget to use caution while
        crossing the street or walking beside roads;
    -   Bear in mind that children may have very limited visibility while
        wearing masks and costumes. Never just assume they see you
    -   Enter and exit driveways and alleys slowly and carefully and watch
        out for pedestrians when backing up;
    -   Be alert to vehicles stopped in the lane next to yours. They may be
        slowing down for trick-or-treaters you don't see or picking
        up/dropping off children.
    -   Plan a safe way home, such as a designated driver or taxi, if your
        Halloween activities will involve alcohol.

For further information:

For further information: Media contact: Adam Grossman, (604) 982-1332

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