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Trick or Treat? Be careful on the Streets!

Posted by U.S. Secretary of Transportation Elaine L. Chao

Halloween may be a little different this year, but for all those who may be trick-or-treating, or driving during trick-or-treating hours, it is no less important to be safe and do your part to prevent pedestrian injuries or fatalities. Halloween also falls the day before daylight savings time ends, which can be an especially challenging time for pedestrians.

On Halloween 2018, according to the U.S. Census Bureau, there were as many as 41 million trick-or-treaters. Though these numbers may be significantly lower this year,  it is still a good reminder to drivers that there will likely be many small, hard-to-see pedestrians out on Halloween. Everyone -- from children to parents to drivers -- should remain vigilant. We want everyone to get home safely. 

Keeping pedestrians safe is always a top priority of the Department.  October is Pedestrian Safety Month and Halloween is a special concern because so many youngsters will be out and about trick-or-treating after dark.  Trick-or-treaters often wear dark-colored clothing in low-light conditions, and are prone to cross in the middle of the street with little warning.

We also want drivers to be aware that children wearing masks – either as part of their costume or to protect against spreading COVID-19 – may not be able to see as well as usual.

Some measures have been taken to improve pedestrian safety in neighborhoods across the country.  These include installation of rectangular rapid flashing beacons, better pavement markings that are easier to see in the dark, and pedestrian refuge islands. There is always more work to be done, but together we can all make a significant impact on keeping our roads safe for all users.

Happy Halloween to you all. Let’s keep the holiday fun and safe for everyone.

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