An event is being held in San Jose this afternoon to remind
residents to stay safe during Halloween, when children are particularly at
risk of being hit by cars.
When young trick-or-treaters head out to collect goodies, they are
more likely to become excited and run into the street without looking, said
Benjamin Arias, spokesman for SafeKids Santa Clara/San Mateo.
Children are about twice as likely to be killed by a car on
Halloween compared to any other day of the year, according to Arias.
Safe Kids personnel and California Highway Patrol officers will be
passing out Halloween treats and safety education materials to children and
their parents today from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. at Capital Chevrolet, located at
905 Capitol Expressway Auto Mall in San Jose.
Children are encouraged to come in their Halloween costumes, and
will be given reflective materials to wear Thursday so that drivers can see
them better on Halloween night, Arias said.
To be extra safe, trick-or-treaters should wear reflective
bracelets with their costumes, carry treat bags with reflecting tape or
stickers, and bring along glow sticks that can be seen by drivers, Arias
Masks can sometime obstruct vision, so non-toxic face paint or
make-up is a better option, Arias said.
Children and parents should cross streets safely at corners, using
traffic signals and crosswalks, Arias said.
If there are no sidewalks on a
street, it is best to walk facing traffic and as far off the roadway as
possible, according to Arias.
Adults and children alike should put down their smartphones, keep
their heads up, and walk -- not run -- across streets, he said.
Drivers should slow down, especially during the peak
trick-or-treating hours of 5:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m., take extra looks at
intersections, and minimize distractions such as talking on the phone,
texting, or eating in the car, Arias said.