Cumberland Times-News

Editorials

October 26, 2013

Be seen

If you see shadows flitting around the streets on Halloween night, there’s a perfectly natural explanation: They’re human children, out trick-or-treating.

They might be hard to see, so that’s why the Maryland State Highway Administration is offering parents the chance to borrow reflective safety vests for their youngsters.

“Be seen on Halloween” is the SHA’s message.

Depending upon where you live, Halloween will be observed on different days and times. Regardless of when that happens, safety must be paramount.

Reflective safety vests will be available at SHA maintenance facilities Oct. 29-31 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day.

They will be issued on a first-come, first-served basis and must be returned by Nov. 8.

Whether it’s Halloween or not, pedestrians and motorists should be aware of, and practice, safety on the roadways. Be aware of your surroundings and alert for sudden developments. Dusk is arriving a little earlier each day, so caution is advised — particularly in areas where foot and auto traffic is high.

Before sending or taking your children out to trick-or-treat, talk with them about the importance of safety. Get them reflective safety vests. The service is free, and it may save your child’s life.

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