A little extra care required
Tonight is Halloween, of course, and it looks like the weather is going to cooperate to some degree for all the little trick-or-treaters who will be out there, hopefully accompanied by adults, but many of the older ones will be out and about by themselves.
The streets will be dark and extra caution will be required of motorists as they are returning home after work, since most of the little ones will start out on their costumed treks around the 5 p.m. hour.
The West Fargo Police Department has been publicizing the followings bits of safety advice both on their Web site and on public access cable television, in conjunction with the program sponsor FedEx.
We share them with you in efforts to promote a safer Halloween eve environment for all the little trick-or-treaters.
*Be especially alert in residential neighborhoods;
*Drive more slowly and anticipate heavy pedestrian traffic on or near the road;
*Be sure to drive with your full headlights on so you can spot children from greater distances;
*Take extra time to actively look for kids at intersections, on medians and on curbs;
*Remember that costumes can limit children's vision and they may not be able to see your vehicle;
*Enter and exit driveways and alleys slowly and carefully;
*Remember that children are excited on this night and may move in unpredictable ways;
*Remember that popular trick-or-treating hours are during the typical rush period, between 5:30-9:30 p.m.;
*Reduce any distractions inside your car so you can concentrate on the road and pedestrians.