Halloween has really changed over the decades and this social holiday is no longer just for kids. As a matter of fact, the NRF, or the National Retail Federation reports that over 170 million people in the U.S. celebrate Halloween; one-third of this number will be hosting or attending a party. This means that there will be a lot of extra people, mostly young adults on the road. Some of these will be under the influence of drugs or alcohol. For these reasons, if you and your family or friends are going to be out, you need to take some precautions.
Today we will be outlining several tips that will help all of you stay safe. If you need alcohol or drug treatment in Columbus OH, please call Legacy Freedom today!
Halloween Safety Tips
If you are driving this Halloween, there are some things you should be aware of. Our first piece of advice is to eliminate as many distractions inside your car as you can. This way you can concentrate on the road and your surroundings. Next is to slow down. There will be many pedestrians out walking the streets, especially between the hours of 5:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. You need to be driving slowly so you do not hit anyone trick-or-treating. If you are driving through residential neighborhoods, be very aware of driveways and children who may make unpredictable and sudden movements.
Finally, if you plan on drinking alcohol be sure to have a designated driver. Never drink and drive for any reason.
As we stated above, there will be 170 million people celebrating Halloween. If you're going out trick-or-treating with your family, downtown, or walking the streets taking in the sights, you should be extra careful while on foot.
Our first piece of advice is to put down your phone and walk with your head upright and eyes forward. This will allow you to actually pay attention to your surroundings instead of what is happening on Facebook. Save the social media for later. If you are going to be walking with children, be sure that they understand not to run out into the street or between parked cars.
When crossing the street at corners, obey pedestrian laws and use the traffic signals at crosswalks. Do not jaywalk. Look left, right and then left again before moving out into the street. Keep an eye out for vehicles moving and not paying attention as you cross. Never walk in the street unless it has been blocked off. Stay on the sidewalk or any marked walking paths. If you have to walk in the street, be sure to walk facing traffic as far to the left as possible.
Halloween should be a fun time for you and your family. Unfortunately, the reality is we live in an unsafe and dangerous world. When people make the wrong choices, things can quickly turn into a nightmare situation. Please be sure to follow these tips to stay safe this October 31st.
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