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Toronto Hydro is reminding everyone to stay safe this Halloween

Collision statistics more frightening than ghosts and ghouls

TORONTO, Oct. 31, 2018 /CNW/ - It's Halloween and with the many young children and families trick-or-treating outside, we're urging drivers, pedestrians and cyclists to prioritize safety and share the road – especially in work zones. Statistics show Halloween is often one of the most dangerous days of the year for collisions, with the additional risk of days getting shorter in the fall.

Toronto Hydro urging public to be extra cautious on the roads this Halloween. (CNW Group/Toronto Hydro Corporation)

Motorists should take extra caution when driving around construction sites and Toronto Hydro crews. Workers are not only dealing with traffic conditions, but also dangerous electrical equipment. Slow down, pay attention to road signs and stay a safe distance away. Also be prepared for distracted children who may unexpectedly run into the street. It's particularly important for pedestrians to remain attentive of their surroundings as they may not always be visible to motorists.

SAFETY TIPS

  • Drivers and cyclists are encouraged to stay safe by:
    • Obeying the speed limit
    • Avoiding distractions while driving, including texting or eating
    • Reducing speed during inclement weather; leaves on the road can cause slippery conditions
    • Ensuring headlights, brake lights and signals are working. Headlights should be turned on at dusk
    • Using hazard lights or high beams if necessary to alert others of your presence
  • Trick-or-treaters and pedestrians are encouraged to stay safe by:
    • Never assuming right-of-way, as visibility to drivers is reduced at night, and always checking both ways before crossing the street
    • Trying to make eye contact with drivers before stepping off curb
    • Wearing costumes that are light reflective and bright in colour, and avoid those that reduce visibility
    • Avoiding masks that can reduce a child's vision
    • Using flashlights or glow sticks to help increase visibility to motorists
    • Crossing at traffic signals, crosswalks and stop signs on busy roads, never jaywalking

 

QUOTES

"From the cute costumes parading the streets to little ones focused on counting their candy, it's easy for pedestrians and drivers to be distracted on Halloween. We're using this opportunity to remind people to stay alert, share the road and be extra mindful around our work zones."

- Christina Basil, Spokesperson, Toronto Hydro

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SOURCE Toronto Hydro Corporation

For further information: Christina Basil, Media Relations Specialist, 416-903-4037, media@torontohydro.com; 24-hour media line: 416-903-6845, media@torontohydro.com
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