Eau Claire (WQOW) — We’re almost to Halloween, and though it may be the spookiest holiday, that doesn’t mean it has to be unsafe for your family.
AAA reported an increased danger during trick-or-treat hours for both motorists and pedestrians citing the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, which says Halloween is one of the top three days for pedestrian injuries and fatalities each year.
Eau Claire police told News 18, drivers should be on high alert this Wednesday, drive slowly through residential areas during trick-or-treat hours, have your headlights on and drive sober. Police also said those trick-or-treating should also be cautious.
“Not necessarily walking down ally-ways, using really well-marked streets, sidewalks and lighted areas. Stopping at only lighted houses and never going inside a strangers house that you do not know,” said Eau Claire Officer Bridget Coit. “We are also encouraging pedestrians to use the crosswalks, and to not make any sudden movements into traffic.”
If you don’t plan to accompany your child while trick-or-treating, Coit recommends they go with a group and you go over safety tips with them ahead of time.