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Precautions for a Safe Halloween

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Press Release Date: October 23, 2001    || Archived October 3, 2002
SPRINGFIELD, IL– Illinois State Police urges all motorists, homeowners, parents, and children to take special precautions to ensure a safe Halloween.

Illinois State Police Director Sam W. Nolen said, "Many children may be out on the streets after dark and hard to see. Motorists should be especially watchful as young trick-or-treaters may dart across the streets or stand in driveways, alleyways and sidewalks."

The following Halloween tips for motorists, parents and children can help make this trick-or-treat season safe:

Motorists should reduce speed in residential areas and watch for children in odd places.

Trick-or-treaters should walk, not run and always use sidewalks and crosswalks.

Adults should accompany young children while trick-or-treating. Children should never enter a home or an apartment building unless accompanied by an adult.

Trick-or-treating should be restricted to homes with porch or outside lights illuminated and should only take place in familiar neighborhoods and residences.

Children under the age of 12 should have their name, address and phone number hidden in their costume in case they become lost.

Trick-or-treaters should carry flashlights or light sticks and have reflective tape on costumes, bags and sacks to increase visiblity to motorists.

Light colored, reflective and fire resistant costumes are always recommended for safety at night.

Dress children in short clothing to avoid tripping. Costumes should not restrict movement. Avoid baggy clothing or shoes that do not fit properly.

Masks should be worn on top of the head between trick-or-treat stops to provide for maximum breathing and vision. Face painting may be an alternative to masks.

Safety belts and other restraint devices should always be used.

For more information contact:
Public Information Office
Telephone: 217-782-6637
TDD: 1-800-255-3323

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