Be Alert and Follow the Rules of the Road this Halloween
As another spooktacular Halloween approaches, Ontario is reminding drivers and pedestrians to be aware and stay safe while trick-or-treating.
- Be alert and slow down when you see trick-or-treaters
- Avoid any distractions and put down the phone
- Always keep your eyes on the road and hands on the wheel
- Yield to crossing pedestrians, especially when turning.
Parents are encouraged to remind their trick-or-treaters to:
- Be seen — wear costumes with bright fabrics or reflective tape and carry a flashlight with fresh batteries
- Be alert and cautious of their surroundings, especially on roadways
- Always walk — do not run from house to house
- Walk on the sidewalks whenever possible, don’t jaywalk and always cross at pedestrian crossovers or marked intersections
- If a sidewalk is unavailable, walk on the left side of the street facing traffic.
Review safety precautions before heading out to trick-or-treat, including pedestrian and traffic safety rules.
- Motor vehicle collisions are the main cause of death for Canadian children.
- Distracted driving is a leading cause of collisions on Ontario roads. According to 2013 collision statistics, one person is injured in a distracted driving collision every 30 minutes.
- Drivers caught talking, texting, typing, dialing or e-mailing using a hand-held cellphone and other hand-held communication and entertainment device face a fine of up to $1,000 and receive three demerit points upon conviction.
This post was written by
Scott Gordanier U.E. CSO,
FGI Group of Companies, AMJ Campbell Van Lines / Eastern Ontario Region, President of The Central Eastern Chapter of the Ontario Fleet Safety Council