SHA officials offer reflective vests to trick-or-treaters

Officials remind people on foot and behind the wheel to exercise caution

SILVER SPRING, Md. - There's nothing like a good scare on Halloween, as long as it's a festive one!

Officials are reminding people both on foot and behind the wheel to exercise caution this holiday.

"Halloween occurs right as it starts to get dark; we're just trying to keep the parents and the children safe,” said Tom Fountain, Assistant District Engineer, State Highway Administration. “That's the main [thought] process behind the program."

The SHA’s Vests for Visibility Program reminds trick-or-treaters to look both ways, make eye contact with drivers when crossing the street, utilize crosswalks, avoid costumes that may impair vision, and chief among the recommendations, be sure to be seen.

"Avoid dark clothing, wear bright colors, carry a flashlight, and glow sticks are critical for kids,” said Lieutenant Michael Ruane, Montgomery County Police Department's Traffic Division.

You can borrow the bright, yellow vests from the SHA’s 28 offices for free through Tuesday at 4 p.m.

It's a move highly endorsed by police, because although the county does not see a high number of pedestrian-vehicle collisions on Halloween, as the county urbanizes, the risk grows.

"All over this county is very busy with traffic, so I'd say these tips are critical no matter where you live,” Lt. Ruane said. “The kids are out there and excited."

Motorists are encouraged to stay alert while driving, follow the speed limit closely and never drink and drive.

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