Hawai’i Police Department
Traffic Services Section
Sergeant Kelly Ka’aumoana-Matsumoto
October 23, 2009
Big Isle police would like to raise people awareness of potential dangers involved with the upcoming Halloween weekend.
Children of all ages look forward to the Halloween season but we would also like to make sure that they are kept safe to enjoy the festivities. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, roughly four times as many children ages 5-14, are killed while walking on Halloween evening than other time of the year. Here are some tips on staying safe while having fun:
Trick or Treaters:
- Carry flashlights to see and be seen.
- Use reflective tape or stickers on bags or costumes.
- Use crosswalks and sidewalks. If no sidewalks are available, walk facing traffic as far to the left as possible.
- If masks are used, it shouldn’t obstruct a child’s vision; consider face paint or makeup instead.
- Costumes should not be so long that they are a tripping hazard.
- Be especially careful in residential areas by slowing down and looking for keiki on roadways, on median and curbs.
- Watch for keiki darting out from between parked cars.
- Enter and exit driveways and alleys carefully.
- If you are drinking this evening, don’t drive – make sure you have a reliable, licensed designated driver before you start drinking!