How Drivers and Trick-or-Treaters can Stay Safe on Halloween

The Montgomery County Department of Transportation (MCDOT) has released tips on how drivers and trick-or-treaters can keep themselves and others safe this Halloween.

Children are more than twice as likely to be hit by a car and killed on Halloween than on any other night of the year, according to The National Safety Council.

MCDOT recommends trick-or-treaters cross the street only at corners or crosswalks. Children and parents should also carry glow sticks, hold flashlights or adhere reflective tape on costumes to make themselves more visible to drivers.

MCDOT is also reminding drivers to be alert for trick-or-treaters by driving slowly, turning on headlights early and to never drive after consuming alcohol.

The Washington Regional Alcohol Program’s SoberRide is offering $15 off Lyft rides on Saturday night in an effort to promote safe and sober driving.

The code will be posted at 3 p.m. on Saturday at the SoberRide website.

“Drivers and pedestrians should be on guard. Halloween will bring high volumes of pedestrians, with children out trick-or-treating and adults attending festivities,” MCDOT Director Chris Conklin said in a county press release.

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