Officials with the Illinois State Police remind motorists and parents that children in many communities will be trick-or-treating during the upcoming Halloween weekend and on Halloween night. The ISP encourages motorists and parents to take special safety precautions during the Halloween festivities.
Motorists should refrain from wearing a mask or bulky costume while driving as both can reduce efforts to safely operate a vehicle. Pedestrians should only cross streets at designated cross walks and make extra efforts to ensure it is safe to cross. Children should be reminded not to cross the street between parked vehicles and to look left, right, and left again before crossing the street.
“Halloween is a time when family and friends come together for celebration. Drivers are reminded to be watchful for children crossing the street,” said ISP Colonel Tad Williams. “Always designate a driver before consuming alcohol. ISP Troopers will be out in force this Halloween conducting roadside safety checks and roving patrols. Remember to buckle up and don’t drive distracted.”
Children should use reflective tape, glow sticks, or flashlights to make sure they remain visible while trick-or-treating. Motorists need to ensure they are following the rules of the road and remain alert for children wearing less visible clothing while driving through residential areas.
The ISP also encourages the public to report suspicious activities. “Recent reports of clown disguises being worn publically outside of celebratory events have become a concern for public safety officials. If you see something, say something. Call 911 and let police investigate suspicious behavior,” Williams stressed.