REMINDER: Drive Safely, and Watch Out for Trick or Treaters Tonight

October 31, 2013 17:00 pm · 9 comments

Halloween might be a spooky night, but authorities are warning motorists to cut down on the scare factor by staying sober and aware, and by slowing down — especially in areas where trick-or-treaters are out.

California Highway Patrol Sgt. Diana McDermott said pedestrians of all ages are twice as likely to be hit by a car tonight compared to other nights.

She advised both drivers and pedestrians to be alert and cautious. For those out in costume and knocking on doors, McDermott advised wearing reflective clothing or incorporating something like a glow stick into costumes “to ensure you are visible to passing traffic.”

McDermott said younger children should accompanied by an adult, and that everyone should use extra care when crossing streets.

Some older revelers celebrate Halloween with costume parties and alcohol, which can lead to perilous situations on Bay Area roadways if someone who is drinking gets behind the wheel, McDermott said.

She said partygoers need to designate a sober driver. Extra patrols will be deployed throughout the region tonight, keeping an eye out for drunken drivers, McDermott said.

McDermott said Halloween festivities usually spill over into the weekend, and that safe driving practices need to continue beyond Halloween.

“People need to make better choices to take care of themselves and others,” she said.

1 Cigi October 31, 2013 at 7:35 PM

Even ones that jaywalk? Yeah, I’ll think about it.

2 Atticus Thraxx October 31, 2013 at 7:38 PM

1930’s trick-or-treaters. Creepy: http://i.imgur.com/XhfxhVi.jpg

3 True October 31, 2013 at 10:26 PM

Had a great evenng, kids looked so cute and young ones wear with adults Live in the states and i had about 150 kids. looking forward to next year.

4 Greg in Pleasant Hill October 31, 2013 at 11:40 PM

Just went through my nephews candy bag and you know what? Not one single miniature box of Junior Mints. I couldn’t avoid having a surplus of Junior Mints after Halloween when I was a kid. Times have changed, and so has the candy.

5 CiCi November 1, 2013 at 12:27 AM

We had about 130 in Bishop Estates. The kids were so cute and very polite. Almost all had parents with them. Times have changed. I don’t remember my parents coming out with me.

6 Killjoy November 1, 2013 at 7:01 AM

We only had about 30 kids. Definitely going to cut back on the candy purchase next year.

7 Sheila Wats November 1, 2013 at 8:10 AM

Had a great time with the kids last night—can’t wait for next year. 🙂

8 Antler November 1, 2013 at 8:55 AM

CiCi at #5 ~ ~ ~ We live near you, and last night some of our family was visiting us. So our daughter chaperoned HER 13-year-old daughter (Superman) and a friend (Batman) trick-or-treating in the “hood”. When they got home again, our daughter’s comment was that it reminded her sooooooo much of the “olden days” when the neighbors were extremely kind to her. So THANKS to the rest of you!!! 🙂

9 Angelica November 1, 2013 at 9:55 AM

@CiCi-5

If you don’t remember your parents going Trick or Treating with you, you either started very late, or your parents trusted you alone at the age of 2, 3, or 4.

130 kids is a lot!

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