October 24, 2006

AMA offers tips for a safe Hallowe’en

Edmonton, Alberta – The Alberta Motor Association (AMA) is reminding trick-or-treaters and motorists of important tips that will help ensure everyone has a safe and fun Hallowe’en next week.

“During the day, AMA School Safety patrollers are on the job, helping their fellow students safely cross the street to and from their schools,” says Josy Wicentowich of AMA. “Even though we’re within the school year, patrollers aren’t on duty at night and Hallowe’en is a very busy and exciting time for children across the province. By remembering some important tips, both children and motorists can enjoy Hallowe’en night, without any nightmares to ruin the experience.”

The AMA reminds motorists to watch your speed, especially in residential areas, and be prepared to slow down or stop; clean your windshield to improve visibility; never pass vehicles stopped in the middle of the road, until you are certain they have not stopped for a child crossing the road; look for children at intersections when turning left or right on red lights; watch for children darting out from between parked cars; watch for children walking on roadways, medians and curbs; enter and exit driveways and alleys carefully; and be alert for children in dark clothing.

Trick-or-treaters should wear bright clothing; look in all directions and use the point, pause and proceed method when crossing the street; always walk on the sidewalk; walk on the left side of the road facing traffic if there are no sidewalks; obey traffic lights; don’t jaywalk; and don’t assume drivers can see you.

Parents should ensure that an adult or responsible older child accompanies children under 12; ensure children are visible in light clothing, or marked with reflective tape and carrying a flashlight; use face paint rather than masks; and costumes should not be so long they could cause a child to trip.

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