The road safety team at Somerset County Council are casting their best spell to keep everyone safe this Halloween.
October 31st is a popular time for many and trick or treating means an increase in night-time pedestrian activity. The combination of excited children, dark nights and busy roads could lead to a Halloween horror story without a bit of extra care.
To help ensure everyone stays safe and has a good time the Council’s road safety team have put together some simple, helpful hints for both pedestrians and motorists.
- Remember that the clocks go back soon so it’s going to start getting darker much earlier.
- Be Safe Be Seen – add reflective material to children’s costumes.
- Use the Green Cross Code – stop, look and listen before you cross.
- If possible, always use a pedestrian crossing so that traffic can clearly see you and you can clearly see traffic approaching. Avoid crossing the road between parked cars.
- Drivers are advised to take extra care at crossings and use lights and indicators, so pedestrians know your intentions.
- Take a torch or glow sticks with you but don’t shine the torch directly at motorists as it may dazzle them.
- Beware of children’s costumes which may restrict their vision or act as a trip hazard.
Councillor John Woodman, Somerset County Council’s Cabinet Member for Highways, said: “I hope everyone enjoys Halloween this year but let’s make sure it’s a safe one too. Please read the road safety team’s advice and take it on board to ensure your night is memorable for all the right reasons.”
For more information on road safety all year round visit www.somersetroadsafety.org. You can also follow the team on Twitter (@SCC_RoadSafety) and on Facebook, by searching “Somerset Road Safety.”