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Tennessee Highway Patrol encourages traffic safety this Halloween

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The Tennessee Highway Patrol is urging all motorists to drive cautiously, buckle up and don't drink and drive this Halloween. 

Patrols will be out from midnight October 31st through midnight November 1st. 

In 2013 there were four fatalities on Tennessee roads, 3 of those involved unrestrained occupants, one death was alcohol related. 

The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) estimate children are four times as likely to be struck by a vehicle on Halloween as any other day. 

Below are tips parents, children and motorists should keep in mind before heading out this Halloween. 


Tips for Motorists

  • Slow down. Watch for children walking on roads, medians and curbs.
  • Be extra alert when pulling in and out of driveways. 
  • Be especially alert for children darting out from between parked vehicles and from behind bushes and shrubs. They're excited and may not be paying attention. 
  • Do not pass other vehicles that have stopped in the roadway.  They could be dropping off children.
  • If you are driving to a Halloween party, put your mask on after you park the car.
  • Never drink and drive – tonight or any night. If you are partying, designate a driver. 

Tips for Parents
  • Adults should accompany children at all times and supervise their "trick or treat" activities. 
  • Teach children to "stop, look left-right-left, and listen" before they cross the street. 
  • Instruct children to stay on sidewalks and to cross only at corners or crosswalks.
  • Use a flashlight and wear retro-reflective strips or patches on your clothing or costume to be more visible to motorists. 
  • Be certain that the mask does not obstruct vision or hearing. 
  • Ensure that costumes do not impede walking or driving ability. 

Tips for Pedestrians (children and adults)
  • Require children to wear retro-reflective materials and carry a flashlight at dawn and dusk and in other low-light situations, such as rainy or foggy weather.
  • Before crossing a street, stop at the curb or edge of the road and look left, right and left again to be sure no cars are coming. Continue to check for traffic while on the street. 
  • Walk – never run – from house to house or across the road. 
  • Cross the street only at intersections and crosswalks. 
  • When crossing at an intersection with a traffic light, be sure to watch for turning cars. Obey all pedestrian signals. 
  • Walk on sidewalks whenever possible. If there are no sidewalks, walk on the left side of the street facing traffic. 

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