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Tips to keep League City kids safe this Halloween

Not everyone in League City has children in the home. But as a community, we all have a responsibility to make sure that the children of our city are kept as safe as they can be. That extends in a special way on Halloween night.

On that evening, perhaps unlike any other of the year, children are out in force. Their mission during a brief stretch of time is to get as many treats as they can. Most youngsters take on the task with a single-mindedness that is enviable. But sometimes they are so focused that they lose track of the hazards around them. And let's not forget the visual impairment that can go with those cute costumes.

Motorists have a special duty of care to avoid accidents that might result in tragic injury or death. And it's not too early for us to start thinking about these concerns. Maybe, if adults get ahead of the curve, the children will exercise a measure of responsibility on their own.

For drivers, the Texas Department of Public Safety offers these specific tips:

  • Exercise greater caution than usual watching for pedestrians of all ages.
  • Go slow.
  • Consider turning off mobile devices to avoid possible distractions.
  • Don't drink and drive. Halloween falls on a Saturday this year.

Parents, chaperones and their charges can follow these guidelines:

  • Don't run. Walk. Look before crossing streets and do that at intersections.
  • Travel in a group.
  • Steer clear of homes that don't have their porch lights on.
  • Be ready to call 911 if necessary.

And from a general safety perspective, kids should not eat any treat collected until an adult confirms it is safe to do so.

Attention to the details can mean a safer and happier time for everyone.

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