Today is Halloween Eve.  If you have kids they are no doubt excited about dressing up and trick or treating tomorrow.  Halloween can be a lot of fun for both the young and the young at heart.  Unfortunately though, Halloween is also a time when car crashes increase by 25 percent according to ICBC.  ICBC reports that on average 240 people are injured in 620 crashes on Halloween in the Lower Mainland.

Below are some tips to help keep you and your family safe this Halloween:

  1.  Remember that kids will be very excited and will not necessarily be following the rules of the road, or being careful and predictable when they are trick or treating on Halloween night.  Keep an extra eye out and slow down;
  2. Make sure that you are visible while on the street.  Use a flashlight or other reflective material if you are wearing dark clothes;
  3. If you are indulging in alcoholic beverages, leave your keys at home;
  4. Slow down and be especially alert in residential neighborhoods;
  5. Take extra time to look for kids at intersections, on medians and on curbs;
  6. Enter and exit driveways and alleys slowly and carefully;
  7. Eliminate any distractions inside your car so you can concentrate on the road and your surroundings;
  8. Drive slowly, anticipate heavy pedestrian traffic and turn your headlights on earlier in the day to spot children from greater distances;
  9. Popular trick or treating hours are 5:30 pm to 9:30 pm so be especially alert for kids during those hours.

Working together, avoiding distracted driving, being aware and taking the extra time knowing the excitement of the evening we can reduce the number of injuries that are occurring on Halloween.