It’s Halloween! Trick-or-treaters will be out, journeying from house to house. The Bristol Borough Police want to remind people to look out for the influx of smaller pedestrians today.
Triple-A mid-Atlantic spokesperson Jana Tidwell echoes the message, asking adults to accommodate the children who may be too excited to think in the moment. A piece of reflective tape on a candy bag or costume can go a long way to ensure safety. The curfew for Bristol Borough and Township youth is 11 p.m., and this applies even on Halloween.
“Because excited trick-or-treaters often forget about safety, Triple-A is urging parents and motorists to be even more alert as the risk of being injured by moving vehicles increases greatly on Halloween,” Tidwell said. “Children are four times more likely to be struck by a motor vehicle on Halloween than any other day of the year.”
Tidwell has specific advice for anyone traveling through residential or commercial zones.
“Motorists should slow down giving themselves enough time to react to children who may dart into the streets,” Tidwell continued. “Scan the road for children who may be crossing the streets and be careful when you enter and exit your driveway.”
TMA Bucks has its advice as well, and would like to remind adults celebrating the holiday that buzzed driving is drunk driving.
“Please remember Halloween is also a holiday where adults can celebrate as much as kids, but impairment begins with the first drink. Drivers may be distracted or impaired as they progress through neighborhoods,” TMA Bucks said in a released statement. “Police will be on the lookout for impaired drivers. If you plan on consuming alcohol at a party plan ahead and get a designated sober driver.”
The good news for safety advocates and trick-or-treaters alike is the moon should be visible tonight. Weather forecasts are predicting partly cloudy skies with lows near 55 degrees, but no chance of rain.