Stay safe on the street while you trick or treat!
Western Australians may discover their local streets being stalked by tiny ghosts, zombies, witches, vampires and more spooky creatures on Thursday, 31 October, as children trick or treat for Halloween.
The Road Safety Council has issued a road safety reminder, warning WA drivers and riders to be alert and extra vigilant as pedestrian volumes increase on suburban roads on Halloween evening.
“As children trick or treat on their local roads, the increased interaction between pedestrians of all ages and different types of vehicles poses a potential road safety risk,” said Road Safety Council Chairman Iain Cameron.
“Children under the age of 10 lack the ability to accurately judge the speed of oncoming vehicles hampering their ability to judge when it is safe to cross, they may act impulsively and unpredictably and their small stature makes them difficult to see, so I urge all road users to be extra vigilant on Thursday.”
Road Safety Commission statistics reveal the number of children aged 16 years and under who have died in a road crash has steadily declined over the past decade, from 17 children in 2008 to 11 in 2018.
Since 2008, on average, 12 children lose their lives annually on WA roads, and while families have been encouraged to enjoy the evening, it’s recommended that parents and caregivers talk to their trick or treaters ahead of time.
“It’s important to sit down with the family before the event and come up with a family plan to stay safe on the roads together,” said Mr Cameron.
“Refresh your child’s road safety knowledge by talking about how to safely cross the roads, while holding the hand of a responsible person as they cross.
“Also, remind your family to be extra cautious around driveways, as drivers may not see the children as the enter or exit a property.
“And if possible, wear a costume that is a light or bright colour to improve the chances of being seen by drivers and other road safety users.” Road safety tips for trick or treaters:
Road safety tips for other road users:
- Talk about the importance of road safety with the family prior to Halloween.
- Make sure your child is accompanied by a responsible person.
- When possible, always use the footpath to walk between houses.
- Remind everyone how to cross the road safely, holding the children’s hands while crossing.
- Some roadsides are full of parked cars, so show the children how to safely check for traffic before deciding to cross.
- Lighter coloured costumes are more easily seen by drivers, particularly as the sun sets.
- Some costumes may obscure the vision of trick or treaters, so ensure those wearing masks or headwear that covers the face have assistance.
- Be aware of vehicles entering and exiting driveways.
- Slow down in areas where children are trick or treating.
- Turn on your headlights to make the vehicle more visible to pedestrians and other road users.
- Be alert as children can be unpredictable and run onto the road quickly.
- Don’t be distracted, by your phone, looking for something or checking your make-up, as taking your eyes off the road for two seconds at 60km/h means you will drive for 33 metres virtually blindfolded.
- Be extra vigilant for children when you enter or exit your driveway.
- Stay off the roads if you have consumed alcohol or drugs that may affect your ability to drive.
Visit the Road Safety Commission website
for road safety advice to keep your children safe on the roads this Halloween.