Burnaby, British Columbia – The British Columbia Automobile Association (BCAA) Traffic Safety Foundation is reminding drivers that Hallowe’en is one of the busiest and scariest nights to be out driving.

“Pedestrian traffic is always busy on Hallowe’en night,” said executive director Allan Lamb. “Unlike New Year’s Eve, the majority are small children out and about, and with all of the excitement, they tend to forget the road safety that they have been taught.”

This year, Hallowe’en falls on a Friday, the weeknight that typically sees higher instances of impaired driving. “Driving while impaired is almost guaranteeing that someone will get seriously hurt or killed,” Lamb said.

For drivers, BCAA suggests:

– Turn on your headlights before dusk to improve visibility.
– Slow down as you drive through residential areas.
– Watch for children darting out from behind parked cars.
– Come to a full stop at designated intersections, and proceed slowly when driving through.
– Do not drive if you have been drinking, but find alternative transportation.

For parents and children:

– Children should wear light or reflective costumes that are easy to move in and don’t cause tripping; use face paint instead of wearing a mask, and carry a flashlight.
– Never run out between parked cars; cross only at designated intersections, looking both ways and making sure that drivers see you.
– If there is no sidewalk, always walk facing traffic and as far off the road as possible.
– Parents should make sure the “loot route” is planned along well-lit streets, and accompany the children and make sure the group travels together.

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