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Safety reminders for drivers and trick-or-treaters Halloween night

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Summary

ICBC advises drivers to check their headlights -- and make sure they are on!

Pedestrians advised to wear reflective clothing and make eye contact with drivers

VANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) – With Halloween falling on a weekend this year, it’s expected to be very busy on the roads and that comes with a serious warning.

There will be lots of of little ghosts and goblins who are very excited and distracted, running from house to house — but they may not really be paying attention to the roads.

ICBC‘s Joanna Linsangan has a friendly reminder for drivers and the rain is a big factor:

“With the change in weather — and it’s much darker these days — make sure to clean your headlights. Check to make sure they’re working properly and make sure you always have them on, as well.”

She adds as we head into the fall and winter, things are getting a little dicier on the roads for pedestrians, especially little trick-or-treaters on Halloween.

“Almost two times more pedestrians are involved in collisions. Wear bright clothing and reflective clothing. Make sure they are aware of the traffic that is going on around them and that they’re making eye contact with the driver before crossing the street.”

The major tip for drivers is don’t be spooked by your smartphone — meaning don’t touch it if you’re behind the wheel. It’s illegal and one of the main causes behind crashes involving pedestrians.

Linsangan adds every Halloween, 120 people are injured in more than 80 crashes across BC. In the Lower Mainland alone, an average of 90 people are hurt in dozens of accidents.

Click here to find more Halloween safety tips from ICBC.