As kids begin dashing up city streets tonight collecting their Halloween loot, Manitoba Public Insurance wants to ensure they can do so safely.
MPI is reminding motorists to drive with caution tonight as costume-clad youngsters embark head out trick-or-treating. Drivers are being encouraged to slow down, drive safely and keep their eyes peeled for flashing red safety lights.
More than 100,000 safety light-up devices have been distributed to schools province-wide to tens of thousands of children. The devices can be attached onto a child’s jacket or backpack so that they’re clearly visible when they’re out after dark.
The public auto insurer is also encouraging trick-or-treaters to stay on sidewalks or at the side of the road, to travel in groups, to cross at corners and crosswalks, and to be mindful of vehicles — stop and look all ways before crossing.
CAA Manitoba offered up a similar caution to those behind the wheel.
“Kids are unpredictable at the best of times — and on Halloween, trick-or-treaters are focused on candy and fun — not road safety,” said CAA spokesperson Liz Peters. “Drivers need to be extra cautious when driving on Halloween.”