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NDOT/NHP Offer Halloween Traffic Safety Tips

Post Date:10/29/2019 12:29 PM

CARSON CITY, Nev. – The Nevada Department of Transportation and Nevada Department of Public Safety, Highway Patrol (NHP) are reminding drivers and pedestrians to be safe on the road this Halloween and every day.
There have been a total of seven traffic deaths and 755 crashes during the past five Halloweens in Nevada. For enhanced safety, NDOT and NHP remind drivers and pedestrians to always focus on and share the road. Pedestrians should cross the street legally, making eye contact with drivers and waiting for drivers to stop before crossing. Pedestrians should also make themselves visible, whether wearing a reflective costume on Halloween Day or reflective gear on other days. 

Drivers should always watch for pedestrians and yield when necessary. This is particularly true on Halloween night, when young trick-or-treaters are out in force. Drivers are also reminded to never drive impaired. Please make sure children do not ride with anyone impaired by drugs or alcohol. Those planning to drink should choose a designated sober driver in advance. Traffic safety information is available at zerofatalitiesnv.com.

Pedestrians
  • Keep kids safe:
    • Halloween costumes can be dark and difficult to see after the sun goes down. Decorate costumes with reflective tape and/or have kids carry glow sticks or flashlights to be seen. 
    • Choose face paint when possible instead of masks, which can obstruct a child's vision.
    • Kids should stick to familiar areas that are well lit and trick-or-treat in groups.
    • Children out at night and under the age of 12 should have adult supervision. If kids are mature enough to be out without supervision, tell them to stick to familiar areas that are well lit. 
    • Watch for cars that are turning or backing up. Teach children to never dart out into the street or cross between parked cars. 
    • Teach children to look left, right and left again when crossing and keep looking as they cross. 
    • Always cross the street at corners, using traffic signals and crosswalks. 
Drivers
  • Slow down and be especially alert in residential neighborhoods. Children are excited on Halloween and may move in unpredictable ways.
  • Use caution while behind the wheel.
    • Enter and exit driveways and alleys carefully. 
    • Get rid of any distractions - like your phone - so you can concentrate on your surroundings.
    • Turn your headlights on earlier in the day to spot children from greater distances and so that children can more easily see vehicles.
  • Drive sober or get pulled over. 
    • Always designate a sober driver and plan a way to safely get home at the end of the night if you plan on celebrating Halloween with alcohol or other intoxicants. 
    • Use your community's sober ride program or take a taxi, call a sober friend or family member, or use public/shared transportation. 
  • If you see a drunk driver on the road, contact local law enforcement or dial *NHP to notify Nevada Highway Patrol. 

 

  

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