How to Have a Safe and Happy Halloween

strawberry_witch3Darkness falls. A cold wind blows – bending gnarled tree branches and creating strange shapes and distorted shadows…

Halloween is here.

We love Halloween, and we know you love it too. In order to keep the good times rolling for everyone, the folks at ICBC shared these helpful tips to keep drivers and pedestrians safe out there during the season:

Smart Driver  tips

  • Stay well below the speed limit: Did you know that a car going 30 km/hr needs about travels 18 metres – the length of four cars – in order to come to a complete stop? Driving at a lower speed will give you more time to stop in case a child runs across the street unexpectedly. Drive well below the speed limit in residential areas, especially between 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m., the peak period for trick-or-treating.
  • Scan as you drive: Children may be walking in unexpected places like driveways, alleys and parking lots. Drive slowly and be ready to stop at a moment’s notice.
  • Don’t roll through stop signs or intersections: Come to a full stop at all intersections and take the time to scan crosswalk and street corners. Small children can be difficult to see, especially when wearing a dark costume.
  • Do not pass a slow or stopped vehicle: Have patience on Halloween night. Many drivers will be driving slowly to watch out for trick-or-treaters. If a car is slowing down or stopped in front of you, don’t try to pass the car. They may be stopping to let children cross the road, or stopping for something else you cannot see.
  • Plan for a safe ride home: If your Halloween celebrations involve alcohol, make a plan before you head out. Arrange for a designated driver or use other options to get home safely—call a taxi, take transit or call a sober friend.
The diamond-shaped hazard sign warns of headless horsemen.

Safe Pedestrian Tips

  • Follow the rules of the road: Always walk on sidewalks and cross only at crosswalks when travelling with your child. If there is no sidewalk, walk as far to the edge as possible, facing traffic. For older children that are trick-or-treating with friends, review the rules and remind them to work their way up one side of the street, instead of crossing back and forth.
  • Be bright to be seen: Many costumes are quite dark, making your child less visible at night. Try to nudge your child toward a lighter costume. Add reflective tape to their outfit and treat bag, and get them to use a flashlight or headlamp to help them stand out in the dark.
  • Travel in groups: Organize a group to trick-or-treat together. Walking in a group will make you and your children more visible to drivers.

If you’ve been following us online, you might know that we like to have fun during Halloween by dressing up our BC HighwayCams images to create spooky reminders for safety during the season. We’ve pulled together some of our favourites below.

We took creepy to a whole new level in 2017, with our Blair Witch Project inspired graphic.
zombies ahead on overhead sign
Our digital overhead messages share important safety information, like this reminder to watch for zombies during Halloween 2013.
A ghoul pearing through our Alice Lake highwaycam
We told you the zombies were out and about during Halloween 2013. This proves it.
Who ya gonna call? Ghostbusters!
A "Stranger Things" creature overlooking a highway
Some “Stranger Things” out there

Take care out there, and remember to watch out for revellers of all sizes as they take to the streets on Halloween.

See, be seen, drive safely and have fun.

Happy Hallowe’en everyone!

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