Highway Patrol offers Halloween safety tips

Highway Patrol offers Halloween safety tips

(WCSC) - The South Carolina Department of Public Safety is urging pedestrians to remember a few important steps that could save their lives or their children's lives in preparation for Halloween.

Statistics show that the leading time for fatal crashes in South Carolina is 6 p.m. through Midnight and the leading day is Saturday followed by Friday.

"One of the most important steps you can take as a pedestrian is to dress properly by ensuring you wear light or reflective clothing to be seen by vehicles," said SCDPS Director Leroy Smith. "We are urging parents and anyone planning to be out after dark to Be Safe. Be Seen."

South Carolina Highway Patrol Colonel Mike Oliver said, "Know the law. Except under rare circumstances, pedestrians cannot walk legally in the roadway. The vehicle has the right-of-way in most situations where a shoulder or sidewalk is available."

The Highway Patrol also offers these tips for parents, trick-or-treater's, and motorists for the upcoming Halloween festivities.

Motorists:

  • use high beams at night when possible, especially on poorly lit, rural roads;
  • scan ahead for pedestrian activity and be prepared to react – avoid distractions in your vehicle that may take your eyes off the roadway;
  • adjust speed on poorly lit, rural roadways where the majority of fatal pedestrian collisions occur.
  • if you hit an object in the roadway and are unsure what you hit, stop and check.

Pedestrians:

  • Pedestrians  should always wear retro-reflective or white clothing at dusk or night and brightly colored clothing with retro-reflective materials during daylight;
  • Place retro-reflective material on areas of movement such as elbows, knees, and ankles in addition to the wrists and chest.
  • Walk facing traffic and out of the roadway when possible; if there is no shoulder on the roadway, walk as close to the edge of roadway as possible.

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