ALBANY, GA (WALB) - As you shop for costumes and candy and prepare for trick or treating Saturday night, safety needs to be a priority.
Triple-A reports fatal injuries from motor vehicle crashes jump 50 percent when Halloween falls on Thursday, Friday or Saturday.
"That's an unfortunate statistic," said Cpl. Brian Convington of the Albany Police Department. "but fortunately for us here in Albany Dougherty county, we have not incurred any of those situations."
Albany police want parents to do their part to keep it that way.
"Watch of for their kids," stressed Covington. "And keep them close to them. (Make sure) they are walking alongside the sidewalk with them and not letting them get all into to the roadway."
Tiffany stringer will be cautious taking her younger cousins out.
"I'm going to make sure that I have them in my eyesight at all times," said Stringer. "And they're going to be in the car with me and I'll have my emergency reflectors on."
She also has a time limit on the candy grabbing.
"By 10-o-clock we got to be in the house because it's going to be crazy, Stinger said. "Everybody is off, it's on a Saturday. People are going to be out, trying to go out. Halloween parties for grownups, so we have to get them on in, so it can be safe."
"We're hoping that no trick-or-treating goes on after the late hours meaning 8, 9-o-clock," said Covington. "All trick-or-treating needs to be ceased around that time. Even though it is the weekend, hopefully someone is going to church on Sunday."
Tiffany's friend Breanna Bryanknows Halloween on the weekend raises danger.
"Personally I am a big fan of Halloween," said Bryan. "But I'm going to keep it safe by going to church. I can get all the candy I need there."
And if alcohol is part of your Halloween celebration, APD has a reminder for you.
"If you're going to drink, don't drive. If you're going to drive, don't drink. Use the buddy system, have someone come and pick you up. Let's be responsible."
To help make this a safer Halloween, AAA offers a few easy tips:
- Reduce any distractions inside your car, such as talking on the phone or eating, so you can concentrate on the road and your surroundings.
- Slow down and be especially alert in residential areas. Children may unexpectedly dart out in the street or from between parked cars.
- Watch for children walking on roadways, medians and curbs. In dark costumes, they will be harder to see at night
- Turn on your headlights to make yourself more visible – even in the daylight
- Drive sober. Over 40 percent of fatal crashes on Halloween night involve a drunk driver. Always designate a sober driver if you plan to drink. Visit www.PreventDUI.AAA.com to learn more.
- Parents are encouraged to walk children door to door while trick-or-treating, showing children safe places to cross the street.
- Ensure an adult or older, responsible youth is available to supervise children under age 12
- Buckle up. If driving trick-or-treaters between neighborhoods, always use appropriate car seats and have children exit and enter on the passenger side of the vehicle.
- Bring a flashlight to help trick-or-treaters see and be seen.
- Pick a costume that is safe for your child to move in and see out of. Buy costumes and wigs labeled “flame resistant.”
- Cross the street and corners using traffic signals and crosswalks. Look both ways between crossing and keep an eye on the road while you are crossing
- Wear light colored clothing or costumes with reflective material or tape for the best visibility. Consider using nontoxic face paint instead of masks to avoid obstructing vision.
- Stay in familiar neighborhoods.Only visit homes that have the porch light on and never go into a stranger’s house.
- Always have an adult check your treats before you eat. Discard anything that looks like it has been unwrapped or tampered with.