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With Halloween upon us, local communities posted trick-or-treating hours tonight.
Hours for trick-or-treat are 6 to 8 p.m. in McKeesport, Elizabeth Twp., Glassport, Liberty, North Huntingdon Twp., Port Vue, White Oak and Wilkins Twp., spokespersons for those communities said.
In addition, police officers and firefighters will be patrolling streets in Wilkins to slow down traffic and protect trick-or-treaters and their parents.
Trick-or-treat hours in Dravosburg and West Mifflin are 6 to 7:30 p.m., spokespersons said.
A parade and costume contest for kids 13 and younger will be held in Dravosburg beginning at 5 p.m. at the borough building on Maple Avenue.
Liberty Borough will have a Halloween parade beginning at 5:30 p.m. tonight at the corner of Scene Ridge and River Ridge roads. Participants should line up beginning at 5:15 p.m., a spokesperson said.
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The Allegheny County Health Department is urging the public to be aware of pedestrian safety as the Halloween season approaches.
Pedestrians and motorists who will be celebrating, should practice safety precautions. Under Pennsylvania state law, motorists are required to yield to pedestrians in crosswalks.
Here are some helpful tips that you can use:
- Encourage children to decorate their costumes and bags with reflective tape or stickers.
- Have kids can carry glow sticks or flash lights to help them see and to be seen by drivers.
- Select a costume for your child that is the correct size and length to prevent trips and falls.
- Avoid having children under the age of 12 be trick-or-treat alone at night without adult supervision. If kids are mature enough to be without supervision, make sure they know to stick to familiar well-lit areas in groups.
- Be alert and slow down when driving in residential neighborhoods, because children are excited on Halloween and may move in unpredictable ways.
- Remind children to enter and exit driveways and alleys slowly and carefully.
According to PennDOT data, last year in Allegheny County, there were 375 crashes involving pedestrians.
The majority of these crashes were a result of aggressive and distracted driving behaviors. The law states that vehicles shall yield the right of way to pedestrians in a marked or unmarked crosswalk. If convicted of violating this law, the penalties include a $50 fine and 2 points on your license. Motorists are encouraged to obey this law in order to prevent potentially devastating incidents and penalties from citations.
The Allegheny County Health Department Traffic Safety Education Project offers pedestrians safety education for all occasions within the “Road Rules” presentation which is available to elementary aged students in Allegheny, Beaver, and Lawrence Counties. To schedule a presentation, contact Nicole Barnett at (412) 247-7962 or visit www.achd.net/injury.
Originally published October 31, 2016.