Our View: Safe trick-or-treating, please

Thursday , November 01, 2012 - 11:26 AM

Editorial Board

Wednesday nightis Halloween, and as the afternoon slowly moves toward evening, thousands of children will be hurrying down and across dark streets. eager to collect candy. Please parents and children, as well as those driving through our local streets this holiday evening, be safe, be cautious and use common sense. Don’t let the real Grim Reaper make an unwelcome appearance this evening.

After a spate of very cold weather — including snow — last week, things have warmed up again. There may be a hurricane on the East Coast but in the Top of Utah, we’re enjoying the warmest Halloween night in a long time. That guarantees a healthy amount of eager, costume-clad children trick or treating through streets or trunk or treating in parking lots. Any injuries or deaths by children hit by cars while darting across driveways or streets would be tragedies that most likely could have been avoided had common-sense safety procedures been in place.

These procedures include keeping children together, and having them accompanied by a responsible adult. It includes making sure that streets are clear of traffic for trick-or-treaters before moving from house to house or to the next street. And it includes drivers keeping a close eye out for individuals and always driving slowly.

Halloween is a lot of fun. It’s a magical time for children and even more than a few adults. Please be safe; don’t let Halloween become an anniversary for mourning the loss of a little one.

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