Visibility critical for Halloween safety

    VANCOUVER, Oct. 24 /CNW/ - With the scariest night of the year
approaching, Autoplan brokers across BC are working to help keep children safe
and provide parents peace of mind.
    As part of their annual Halloween safety campaign, brokers are urging
children to carry a flashlight and wear light-coloured or reflective costume
items to ensure they're visible to motorists when they head out trick or
    Autoplan brokers are also giving away shiny, silver trick or treat bags
which include valuable road safety tips and lots of room for goodies.
    To get a free bag, children and their parents should drop by a local
Autoplan broker's office. While there, trick-or-treaters are encouraged to ask
for a copy of the Be Seen on Halloween sheet which includes colouring and
activities on one side and pedestrian safety information on the other.
    Autoplan brokers sponsor the Halloween safety campaign as part of their
involvement in the Autoplan Broker Road Safety Program, which works to reduce
auto-related injuries, fatalities and crimes in BC by funding and promoting
local road safety initiatives.
    To find out more about the program and how brokers in your community are
doing their part to improve safety for drivers, pedestrians and cyclists of
all ages, talk to your local Autoplan broker or visit

                         Trick or treat safety tips
        -   Wear light-coloured costumes and carry or wear reflective items.
        -   Use a flashlight.
        -   Stay on well-lit streets.
        -   Use the sidewalk. If there is no sidewalk, walk on the left side
            of the road, facing traffic.
        -   Use face makeup rather than a mask to ensure unobstructed vision.
        -   Trick or treat with an adult.
        -   Complete one side of the street before crossing to the other.
            Cross only at corners or intersections, not in the middle of the
            block or  between parked cars.
        -   Walk, don't run, from house to house and across driveways and
        -   Make sure costumes allow unrestricted movement and aren't so long
            they could cause a child to trip.

For further information:

For further information: Linda Yoshida, Autoplan Broker Road Safety
Program, (604) 982-4384

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