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We are officially into winter. A little freezing rain or a slight snowfall and the streets can become ice skating rinks.

To avoid crashes this time of year, be prepared:

  • Pay attention to the weather forecast for below freezing temperatures. Evenings can become treacherous if you are not prepared for the dropping temperatures that cause an icy glaze.
  • Never pass a salt truck. Stay several car lengths behind.
  • Stay below the posted speed limit.
  • Leave ample space between yourself and the vehicle ahead of you so you have time to react.
  • Take your time when getting on and off roadway ramps as well as on bridges and overpasses. They freeze before the roadway.
  • Carry salt or cat litter in the trunk. Both can help provide traction if you get stuck on ice.
  • Of course, always wear your seatbelt. It is smart and it is the law.

The Baltimore County Police Department reminds drivers to avoid distracted driving while on the road. This includes using a cellphone to talk or text. A crash can happen while you’re looking down. It happens in the blink of an eye. Using your cellphone while driving is also against the law.

It goes without saying, aggressive driving and icy roads make a deadly combination.

Take your time, and if you don’t have to be on the road, stay off and enjoy the day.

Halloween is almost here and some of the things that go bump in the night will be out and about trying to scare up some treats. No need to be afraid, just please be careful.

When you are driving, be aware of children and adults wearing costumes that could be dark and hard to see in the early evening. Not only that, the trick-or-treaters may not be able to see all that well if they are wearing masks.

Take your time when driving through neighborhoods where parking is tight. Children aren’t always aware of their surroundings and may dart into the street from between parked cars.

If you are driving children to houses outside the neighborhood, be extra vigilant. When you stop, be sure to leave your lights on so the children can see you. This also signals other drivers that you are not parked. Remember to tell your little trick-or-treater that they must look both ways when crossing the street. Impress upon them that they must be extra careful on Halloween.

Some parents take their children to parties at local shopping areas. If you do, be extra vigilant in the parking lots. Some drivers will not be looking for children darting out. Everyone hold hands and walk in single file. It is simple and the children are used to this from school.

Some towns have set times for the goblins to be out. Check your neighborhood. Some begin as early as 4 p.m. and end at 7 p.m., while others extend the night to 8 p.m.

However you celebrate Halloween, be safe and watch out for trick-or-treaters!

Happy Halloween!!!

Revised October 16, 2020               
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