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Halloween Safety
Halloween is the most dangerous day of the year for pedestrians.  Check out the Halloween safety video that we put together.


Motorists
  • Slow down in residential neighborhoods and obey all traffic signs and signals. Drive at least 5 mph below the posted speed limit to give yourself extra time to react to children who may dart into the street.
  • Watch for children walking on roadways, medians and curbs. In dark costumes, they’ll be harder to see at night.
  • Look for children crossing the street. They may not be paying attention to traffic and cross the street mid-block or between parked cars.
  • Carefully enter and exit driveways and alleys.
  • Turn on your headlights to make yourself more visible – even in the daylight.
  • Broaden your scanning by looking for children left and right into yards and front porches.

Parents
  • Ensure an adult or older, responsible youth is available to supervise children under age 12.
  • Plan and discuss the route your trick-or-treaters will follow.
  • Instruct children to travel only in familiar areas and along established routes.
  • Teach children to stop only at well-lit houses and to never to enter a stranger’s home or garage.
  • Establish a time for children to return home.
  • Tell children not to eat any treats until they get home.
  • Review trick-or-treating safety precautions, including pedestrian and traffic safety rules.
  • Make sure Halloween costumes are flame-retardant and visible with retro-reflective material.

Trick-or-Treaters
  • Be bright at night – wear retro-reflective tape on costumes and treat buckets to improve visibility to motorists and others.
  • Wear disguises that don’t obstruct vision, and avoid facemasks. Instead, use nontoxic face paint. Also, watch the length of billowy costumes to help avoid tripping.
  • Ensure any props are flexible and blunt-tipped to avoid injury from tripping or horseplay.
  • Carry a flashlight containing fresh batteries, and place it facedown in the treat bucket to free up one hand. Never shine it into the eyes of oncoming drivers.
  • Stay on sidewalks and avoid walking in streets if possible.
  • If there are no sidewalks, walk on the left side of the road, facing traffic.
  • Look both ways and listen for traffic before crossing the street.
  • Cross streets only at the corner, and never cross between parked vehicles or mid-block.
  • Trick-or-treat in a group if someone older cannot go with you.
  • Tell your parents where you are going.

School Bus Safety
Check out the School Bus Safety video that we put together for the 2017-2018 school year.

Please review the school bus safety tips below to ensure that all children get on and off the bus safely and get off at the correct bus stops.

  1. Please make sure that your student carries their bus transportation card with them in or on their backpack.  This will allow for your student, school staff and the bus drivers to help ensure that your student gets on the right bus and off at the right stop.  We would recommend your child carries this card with them for the entire school year.
  2. Consider taking the time to go over the bus transportation card with your child to help them be aware of what bus they are taking and the stop they need to get off on.
  3. If you cannot be at the bus stop before and after school consider speaking with your child about the importance of coming right home after school.  Often times police are contacted about missing children after school only to find out the child went to a park or to a friend’s house without notifying their parents first.
  4. If possible, consider getting to know some of the parents at your child’s bus stop so if they don’t come home after getting dropped off after school you may have an idea as to where they may have gone.
  5. Consider speaking with your kids about properly crossing the street in front of the bus.  Kids should be 10 feet or more in front of the bus when crossing, make eye contact with the driver and have the driver waive them across the street.  Children should also look both ways prior to crossing and should wait for the bus to come to a complete stop before entering and exiting the bus.
  6. During the first week students and bus drivers are still getting acclimated to their buses and routes.  Please keep this in mind as buses may run slightly behind schedule the first week or two of school.
  7. If your child’s bus has arrived and your child did not get off the bus you can contact your child’s school or the bus transportation division to see if your child got on a different bus or is still at school.  If you feel your child may be missing do not hesitate to call 911 so an officer may work with you to locate your child.  

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