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October 30, 2013

Norman Police Department issues Halloween safety tips

NORMAN — Trick-or-treat will be observed in Norman on Thursday. The Norman Police Department offers the following recommendations to help make it a safe and enjoyable time for all.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, children are four times more likely to be involved in fatal pedestrian accidents on Halloween than on any other night of the year.

There are several reasons why children are more likely to be hurt in pedestrian accidents:

· Children often choose to take the shortest route, which may mean darting out between parked cars.

· Children are poor at evaluating potential traffic threats.

· Children are less attentive of surroundings.

· Children are more likely to take risks.

· Some drivers will not slow down for them.

· Children can’t cross streets as rapidly as adults.

· Children may be distracted by other costumes, behaviors and home decorations.

Motorists should be watchful for trick-or-treaters:

· Watch for children darting out from between parked cars.

· Be aware that children walking next to or on the edge of the roadway may suddenly step, fall or be pushed by a companion into the street. Give them a wide berth and be ready to take evasive action.

· Be watchful for pedestrians on the sidewalks when entering and leaving driveways and parking lots.

· Be aware that some children will go out in dark-colored costumes. Some children may be hard to see after dark.

Pedestrian safety: An adult or responsible child should always accompany young children. All children should walk from house to house and use the sidewalk if available. Caution children against running out from between parked cars or across lawns and yards where obstacles may present dangers.

Choosing safe houses: Children should only visit the homes of residents who are known and who have outside lights on as a sign of welcome. Children should not enter homes or apartments unless an adult accompanies them.

Treats: Warn children not to eat any treats before an adult has carefully examined them for evidence of tampering.

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