The Norman Police Department is offering several tips on how to prepare your children for a safe Halloween.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, children are four times more likely to be in fatal pedestrian accidents on Halloween than on any other night of the year.
Authorities say there are several reasons why children are more likely to be hurt in pedestrian accidents:
• They often choose to take the shortest route, which may mean darting out between parked cars rather than take the safer route of crossing at corners.
• They're poor at evaluating potential traffic threats.
• They're more likely to disregard their peripheral vision and are less attentive of their street surroundings.
• They have a tendency to believe they're indestructible and are more likely to take risks.
• They need to be told that some people driving cars will not slow down for them.
• They can't cross streets as rapidly as adults.
• They may be distracted by other children's costumes, behaviors, and home decorations.
Motorists should be especially watchful for Trick or Treaters:
• Watch for children darting out from between parked cars.
• Be aware that children walking next to or on the edge of the roadway may suddenly step, fall, or be pushed by a companion into the street. Give them a wide berth if possible, and be ready to take evasive action.
• Be especially watchful for pedestrians on the sidewalks when entering and leaving driveways and parking lots.
• Be aware that, despite advice to the contrary, some children will go out in dark colored costumes. Keep in mind that some may be hard to see after dark.
Pedestrian Safety: An adult or responsible child should always accompany young children. All children should WALK, not run from house to house and use the sidewalk if available, rather than walk in the street. Caution children against running out from between parked cars, or across lawns and yards where ornaments, furniture, or other obstacles may present dangers.
Choosing Safe Houses: Children should only visit the homes of residents that are known and who have outside lights on as a sign of welcome. Children should not enter homes or apartments unless an adult accompanies them.
Treats: Warn children not to eat any treats before an adult has carefully examined them for evidence of tampering.'