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Halloween Safety Tips!

The Cape Coral Police Department wants to remind drivers and pedestrians to be extra careful while out and about this Halloween night. There will be an immense increase in pedestrian traffic out throughout the day and night. We want to make sure that everyone has fun but in a safe manner.

The costumes worn on Halloween:

  • Avoid masks, which can obstruct vision, when possible
  • When out after dark, use lights, reflective tape, reflective bags, or glow sticks to help driver’s see you; remember, dark costumes will be harder to see

While “trick or treating”:

  • Young children should be accompanied by a responsible adult
  • If your children are going out without an adult present make sure you know the route they will be taking and set a specific time they should be returning home
  • Travel only in well-lit areas and travel in groups
  • Tell your children not to eat any treats until they return home
  • Put electronic devices down, keep heads up and walk, don’t run, across the street
  • Cross the street at corners, using traffic signals and crosswalks
  • Look left, right and left again when crossing and keep looking as you cross 
  • Always walk on sidewalks or paths. If there are no sidewalks, walk facing traffic as far to the left as possible 

Driving on Halloween:

  • Slow down and be especially alert in residential neighborhoods Children are excited on Halloween and may move in unpredictable ways
  • Take extra time to look for kids at intersections, on medians and on curbs
  • Enter and exit driveways slowly and carefully
  • Drive slowly, anticipate heavy pedestrian traffic and turn your headlights on earlier in the day to spot children from greater distances
  • Popular trick-or-treating hours are 5:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. so be especially alert for kids during those hours

Cape Coral Police will also be out looking for traffic violations such as speeding, careless driving, and DUI. 



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