Ask Trooper Steve: What are some good Halloween safety tips?

Trooper Steve answers viewer questions

Don't trick-or-treat in the road.

ORLANDO, Fla. – News 6 traffic safety expert Trooper Steve Montiero answers viewer questions about the rules of the road every week, helping Central Florida residents become better drivers by being better educated.

Trooper Steve was asked, “What are some good Halloween safety tips?”

1. DO NOT WALK IN THE ROAD. I understand that this is a time where there will be a lot of extra pedestrians out there, but we must remember that vehicles will still need to travel, and that all our general rules still apply. The buddy system is a must when walking throughout a neighborhood. Make sure we stick to the sidewalks.

2. Attach something reflective to your outfit. (Reflective taping/flashing light) It may not be the trendiest idea to your costume, but we are trying to be safe. A simple piece of reflective tape on your shoes goes along way. If you’re feeling a little adventurous, a few glow sticks, or even a flashing light would be a great accessory.

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3. Walk in groups. Not just a traffic safety tip, but a safety tip in general. There is always safety in numbers. Please do your best not to trick-or-treat by yourself, and always travel as a group.

4. Have a source of communication with an adult that is not be with you. I always encourage having a parent or guardian with the group while doing your trick-or-treating but I also encourage distant communication. Be able to communicate with someone who you are not with, but knows where you will be. This is just that extra safety step.

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About the Author:

Steven Montiero, better known as “Trooper Steve," joined the News 6 morning team as its Traffic Safety Expert in October 2017. A Central Florida native and decorated combat veteran, Montiero comes to the station following an eight-year assignment with the Florida Highway Patrol.