Castlebar.News      
    From The West of Ireland
    Go to Castlebar | Photo Gallery | Castlebar Directory | Nostalgia Board
General Last Updated: 2, Apr 2018 - 10:02


Don't Let YOUR Halloween Turn into a Nightmare
By Noel Gibbons
14, Oct 2009 - 08:30

Email this article
 Printer friendly page
We are reminded the major dangers at Halloween are not from ghosts and goblins…but rather  pedestrian/vehicle collisions, to date this year 28 Pedestrians have been killed on Irish roads.

The clocks will go back and darkness once again shortens our daylight hours. The weather does the rest, making it much more difficult to see pedestrians while driving. Halloween Pumpkin

Halloween means many things to many people. For some, it is an opportunity to play practical jokes; for others, it is fun; and to still others, it is a time to gorge on mounds of sweets solicited from neighbours. However, to Road Safety professionals, Halloween is often a tense time of year, a time when pranks cross the line into life endangering  activities and when innocent children having fun and seeking treats, can  fall victim to road collisions.

Their costumes may be out of this world, but are often made with a dark colour material and hard to see by motorists. Their mode of travel is strictly down to earth - trick-or-treaters face significantly greater than usual risks from traffic as they make their rounds on foot. The road safety officer in Mayo County Council urges adults to review common sense guidelines with children to protect them from pedestrian injuries and falls, the most common risks they face on Halloween.

"The excitement of trick-or-treating can make everyone less cautious," said Noel Gibbons, road safety officer in Mayo County Council. "To help keep children safe, parents should remind their kids about the rules of the road and ensure they will be seen by drivers this Halloween."

Young children are at special risk for pedestrian injury because they face traffic risks that exceed their developmental abilities, for example, the ability to accurately judge the speed and distance of oncoming traffic.

Children and their parents are also reminded to be mindful that some of the more vulnerable or elderly members of the community do not wish to participate in Halloween activities and in fact may feel intimidated by groups of people calling at their doors.

The Road Safety officer recommends that an adult or older sibling accompany children under age 12 while trick-or-treating. In addition, the road safety officer offers the following recommendations:

Visibility:
The shorter day means that children are more likely to be trick-or-treating in the dark when it is harder for drivers to see them. Children should bring flashlights or glow sticks with them, carry reflective bags, or attach retro-reflective tape, fabric, or decorative patches to costumes.

Traffic.
Review basic pedestrian safety rules, including where and how to cross the road. Teach kids never to dart out into the street or road -- one of the most common causes of pedestrian deaths among children. Drivers should be particularly alert on Halloween and watch for children on the street, in alleys and crossing the road.

Although Halloween is meant to be spooky and fun, it's also important to keep it safe for your children, your friends and yourself.



© Copyright 2009 by © Contributor(s) and Castlebar Web Pages 1997 - 2018

.. Top of Page


General
Latest Headlines
Christmas in Bria
Post Your Letter to Santa
It's All Go In Mayo Towns With New Car Sharing Service
Africa Supports Mayo for Sam 2017
Pet NCT Weekend 2017
Greetings from Deepest, Darkest Africa!
Charity Event: Furry 5k - Sunday 23rd July 2017
Revival of Good Friday Tradition
In the Central African Republic
Seachtain Na Gaeilge at Clogher
Supermac's Castlebar amongst Big Winners at the Supermac's All Star Awards
Fr Mairtin Lang R.I.P.
A Life Less Ordinary
Hundreds of Second Level Pupils to Attend Gmit Mayo Open Morning on 11 Nov
Mayo Ideas Week - from 26th Sep
Pet NCT Weekend
Beat Stress in the Workplace Are you Ready for the Stress-Free Challenge?
Don’t miss the Murrisk Oyster Festival from 2-4 September
Snap Mayo celebrate a new premises, a new brand and a new decade
Cancellation of Bonamh Market & Heritage Day
Bake Sale Event
Tour Groups Welcome
GMIT Mayo Hosts Visit of Students and Staff from Berea College, Kentucky
The Holy Sites of Jerusalem
GMIT Mayo Open Afternoon
GMIT Mayo Launches New History and Geography Honours Degree
Commemoration at Frenchill
The New Lord Lucan
The Power of a Scent
Boheh Rolling Sun
Guided Walking Tours
Crusaders and Castles of The Levant.
Join Alan Dillon
Brand new Castlebar based Holistic and Celtic spirit magazine.
Tobarmacduagh Blessed Well Walk
Sixty Years of Accident Free Driving
Castlebar Signage
Walk With Joe Brolly
From Lebanon and Israel
Festive Wishes
Quick Look At Castlebar History
Following the Phoenicians Back to Lebanon
Gearing Up for Sea2summit
Grand Tournament & Military Fete, Castlebar, 12 July 1914
Ice Challenge at 40°C
Remembering 1798
Family Fun Day at Clogher
Clogher August Events
Canton Hall Athenry
History Tours
Clogher June Activities
Castlebar to Honour Brennan
D.I.Y. for Women
Friends of Irish Abroad Dinner
Castlebar Estate Management 2014 - Information Evening
Many Dignitaries Expected For Brennan Unveiling
Home Improvement Show Coming to Castlebar
Irish Alpine Explorers 1840-1922
Challenged Launched.
Final Tribute To Castlebar Inventor
Pictured at Mayo General Hospital
Christmas in Mali
An Taoiseach’s Address to the Nation
Castlebar Annual Parish Magazine 2013
Old Broken Mobile Phones
Mali - Week 13
Mali - A Return to Africa
Clogher Community Gathering
Know the Signs of Heart Attack
Van Stolen in Castlebar.
Happy Heart Walk
C'mon Mayo from Mali
Mayo For Sam Maguire
French Hill Monument
Croí Weight Management Programme
A Day on the Bog
Do Councillors Favour 100 ft Statue?
Achieving a Healthy Weight
Mayo Heritage Tours
100 ft St.Patrick Statue for Castlebar
Connacht Pet Show & Family Fun Day
Connaught Tots 2 Teens Show
Historic Tours of Castlebar
GMIT Mayo Campus Student Trip to Berlin
Connaught Tots 2 Teens Show
Tobermacduagh Holy Well
Mental Health Reform Public Meeting
Protection of Life during Pregnancy Bill 2013
Historic Tour Of Castlebar This Weekend
Diabetes Alert for Women!
Way Of The Cross Máméan
Stroke Awareness Campaign A Success
Connacht Pet Show
Clogher Loop Walk
Patrician Sites In Mayo
VisitCastlebar
Stroke Awareness Campaign launched in Mayo
"When Crowbar & Bayonet Ruled"
Healthy Living
Croí Croagh Patrick Heritage Trail Information Night