The Dalton Police Department
would like to remind motorists that this afternoon and evening (Wednesday, October 31st),
the streets will be full of Trick or Treaters celebrating Halloween. Motorists should be extra careful during the
hours between 4:00 PM and 9:00 PM.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 4,000
young children are injured during those hours on Halloween, mostly as pedestrians hit by cars. This is four times greater then
the national average for the same time period during any other night during
The department would like to
give the following tips to motorist in the area to avoid being involved in a
- Costumes may restrict the visibility of small
- Do not count on small children being aware of
your approach. Drive slowly when approaching kids.
- Please keep vehicle speeds well below the posted
speed limit, especially in neighborhoods.
- Watch for vehicles dropping off or picking up
- Avoid using other devices in the car that you are
operating, such as cell phones or navigation devices.
- Be patient when traffic becomes congested in
areas where there are trick or treaters.
Parents can also help avoid
pedestrian crashes by talking to their young ones before the night’s
adventure. Here are some tips:
- Warn children about the dangers of crossing the
street without first looking for oncoming traffic.
- Avoid Trick or Treating on very busy streets.
- Always have your children use a sidewalk when
there is one.
- To increase visibility, have your children carry
a flashlight or glow sticks.
- Apply reflect tape or stickers to costumes.
- Make sure the costume fits your child properly
before they venture out, making sure they can see out of their mask.
- Always chaperone in groups.
department would like motorists and parents alike to make this a safe and
accident free Halloween night for our local children. Happy Halloween!