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October 24, 2014

Halloween is all about being noticed. Kids are hoping their costume will earn them sweet treats,  but even more important is making sure that kids and motorists see each other. Communities schedule trick-or-treat hours at different times, meaning drivers need to be alert throughout the Halloween period. A parent or other responsible adult should accompany children, emphasize the importance of crossing streets carefully and only at intersections, and make sure costumes don’t interfere with a child’s vision. Kids going door-to-door in the evening should carry flashlights, wear reflective material and travel in groups to be as visible as possible. Audio

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Halloween can be spooky and fun, but the potential for impaired drivers can also make it tragic. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, about half of all crash fatalities on Halloween night involve a driver or motorcycle operator with a blood alcohol level above the legal limit. Adults whose Halloween plans include alcohol consumption are urged to plan ahead, arrange for a designated driver or other safe way home. If you’re hosting a Halloween party, don’t allow guests to get behind the wheel impaired.

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National School Bus Safety Week is a chance to highlight the many factors that make school buses among the safest vehicles traveling our roadways. Along with diligent drivers, buses are designed with passenger safety in mind. To help maintain this outstanding safety record, the Wisconsin State Patrol inspects every school bus in the state once per year, examining the vehicle’s brakes, steering, tires, electrical systems and other safety equipment. Last year, the State Patrol conducted over 10,000 school bus inspections. Audio

For more information, contact:

Rob Miller, WisDOT Office of Public Affairs
(608) 266-2405, robert.miller@dot.wi.gov


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