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Phone: 503-823-5185

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1120 SW Fifth Ave, Suite 800, Portland, OR 97204

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Safety tips for Halloween weekend and shorter autumn days

Halloween is almost here! And the rainy and windy autumn weather has arrived as well!

Please share the following safety tips with your friends and family:

Everyone should focus on being visible and to watch out for other travelers on Halloween. Add lights and reflectors to your child's costume - it's a fun and easy way to help keep children safe as they trick or treat. In addition, clocks turn back this weekend and evening commuters will be traveling in the dark beginning next week.

Take extra care as you travel this weekend and throughout the darker days of fall and winter.

autumn walk

People who drive:

- Stop and stay stopped for pedestrians as they cross the street 

- Slow down and continually scan your environment for people on foot, bicycles and wheelchairs.

- When driving, leave enough space between you and the vehicle ahead so you have time to react and stop when needed.

People who walk: 

- Look before crossing 

- Cross one lane at a time making sure drivers see and stop for you before you fully enter a crossing. 

- Consider wearing lighter clothing and using lights to be “be seen and be safe,” in the words of TriMet's safety campaign.

People who bike:

- Use both headlights and taillights from dusk through dawn and just as when you’re driving, stop and stay stopped for pedestrians seeking to cross the street.