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Be Safe, Be Seen on Halloween

Tuesday, October 31, 2017
Safety tips for drivers and trick-or-treaters in the District


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Be Safe, Be Seen on Halloween

(Washington, DC) - Later today there will be lots of ghouls and goblins roaming the District's streets in search of treats. The District Department of Transportation (DDOT) works to ensure that the District of Columbia is focused on year-round Vision Zero efforts as its ultimate goal.

However, during Halloween when more pedestrians are susceptible to injury in the roadway, DDOT reminds pedestrians and drivers to adhere to the following safety tips, which were adapted from tips provided by SafeKids USA:

Driving Safely on Halloween

Drivers need to do their part to keep trick-or-treaters safe from harm. DDOT reminds motorists to be extra careful and recommends that drivers:

  • Be especially alert in residential neighborhoods; drive more slowly and anticipate heavy pedestrian traffic on and near the road.
  • Be sure to drive with your full headlights on so you can spot children from greater distances; take extra time to actively look for kids at intersections, on medians, and on curbs.
  • Remember that costumes can limit children’s visibility and they may not be able to see your vehicle.
  • Enter and exit driveways and alleys slowly and carefully.
  • Remember that children are excited on this night and may move in less predictable ways.
  • Reduce any distractions inside your car so you can concentrate on the road and pedestrians.

Keeping Kids Safe on Halloween

To ensure trick-or-treaters stay safe, DDOT recommends that children:

  • Always trick-or-treat with an adult until at least age 10.
  • Only trick-or-treat in familiar areas that are well lit.
  • Cross streets at corners, using traffic signals and crosswalks; look left, right and left again when crossing; always walk, don’t run, when crossing streets.
  • Make eye contact with drivers and watch for cars that are turning or backing up.
  • Walk on sidewalks or paths; if there are no sidewalks, walk facing traffic as far to the left as possible.
  • Never dart out into the street or cross in-between parked cars.
  • Wear light-colored, flame-retardant costumes decorated with retro-reflective tape or stickers.
  • Wear well-fitting, sturdy shoes to prevent trips and falls.
  • Carry a flashlight or glow stick to increase visibility to drivers.
  • Wear face paint and makeup; a mask can restrict a child’s vision.

Everyone needs to have safe streets. Use extra caution during the festivities.


The mission of the District Department of Transportation (DDOT) is to enhance the quality of life for District residents and visitors by ensuring that people, goods, and information move efficiently and safely with minimal adverse impact on residents and the environment. 
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