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October 31, 2016

Police offer up Halloween safety tips for drivers and Trick-or-Treaters

The Rapid City Police Department would like to remind the public that Halloween safety is a two-way street between motorists and trick-or-treaters. Motorists and pedestrians should keep these tips in mind as they hit the streets on Halloween evening.  

Trick-or-treaters:

  • Be on the lookout for motor vehicles. Wearing reflective materials can help increase visibility for motorists. Carrying a flashlight is always a good idea.
  • Utilize crosswalks. Pedestrians have the right-of-way when crossing in a crosswalk. Wait until a motor vehicle stops before crossing.
  • Parents should always accompany young children as they trick-or-treat. For older children, parents should talk with their kids before heading out to trick-or-treat.
  • Look both ways before crossing a street.
  • Don’t cross the street between parked cars.
  • Walk in well-lit sidewalks.

Drivers:

  • Halloween brings out plenty of foot traffic, especially in residential areas. Be on the lookout for trick-or-treaters who will be crossing streets. Many of these pedestrians will likely be out after dark.
  • Slowing down will give drivers more time to stop for hazards and pedestrians.

As always, officers of the Rapid City Police Department will be on the lookout for impaired drivers on the evening of Halloween. The RCPD always recommends using a designated sober driver if you are going to drink alcohol.