Keep Trick-or-Treaters Safe

October 27, 2008
Contact: Elise Schaffer, PIO Phone: (608) 284-6142 Email: schaffer@co.dane.wi.us
Sheriff's Office

Dane County Sheriff David Mahoney reminds drivers this Halloween to use extra precaution when getting behind the wheel. Driving on Halloween can be scary for motorists, especially with lots of little ghouls and goblins out after dark and full of enthusiasm. The Sheriff’s Office recommends motorists consider these tips: Slow Down! Drive 5 mph below the posted speed limit. Trick-or-Treaters are full of excitement and may dart out into the street unexpectedly. Drive with your headlights on even in the daylight hours to make your vehicle more visible. Don’t pass other vehicles on the road. They may be slowing down for pedestrians that you don’t see, or they may be picking up or dropping off. Stay alert. Never use your cell phone, navigation system or other devices while driving. As always, NEVER drink and drive. If you plan on drinking, plan ahead and designate a sober driver. A study conducted by the Center for Disease Control found that the number of deaths among young pedestrians (ages 5-14) is four times higher on Halloween evening than any other evening of the year. So on Halloween when your neighborhood is crawling with creatures, remember it’s your job to make sure they get home safely.