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Being seen on Halloween

Halloween is this Sunday. We'll still be on Daylight Saving Time for another week, but the days are growing shorter and there will be plenty of children out after dark.

On Thursday and Friday, the Maryland State Highway Administration will again be offering Vests for Visibility. The highway agency lends reflective safety vests to parents or guardians for free, so they can be placed over children's Halloween costumes.

The vests will be available -- first come, first served -- at many of the agency's maintenance centers from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday and Friday. Please return them by Nov. 5. See a list of the Maryland highway maintenance centers at the bottom of this page.

The highway agency also offers safety tips that should be helpful to drivers and trick-or-treaters everywhere this Sunday.

-- Stop for pedestrians.
-- Obey the speed limit. Speeding only makes it more difficult to stop unexpectedly.
-- Be especially cautious during peak trick-or-treating hours between 4 and 9 p.m.
-- Enter and exit driveways slowly.
-- Be alert for children darting across the street.
-- Watch for children crossing between parked cars.
-- When driving children to and from different activities, make sure all seat belts are fastened and let children out of the car on the curbside.
-- Never drink and drive. Designate a sober driver.

-- Look left, right, and left again before crossing the street.
-- Cross at crosswalks or intersections.
-- Be sure to see and be seen. Avoid dark clothing, wear bright colors and use reflective devices such as vests and blinking lights.
-- Avoid costumes that may impair vision.
-- Make eye contact with drivers when crossing the street.
-- Stay alert and be on the look out for cars traveling above the speed limit.

The Washington Regional Alcohol Program will offer its SoberRide free trips home from 10 p.m. Saturday to 6 a.m. Sunday, Oct. 31. See details on the Halloween SoberRide program.

By Robert Thomson  | October 27, 2010; 12:20 PM ET
Categories:  Events, Traffic Safety  | Tags:  Dr. Gridlock  
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