If you’re a Tampa parent, chances are good that your wee ones are champing at the bit to don their scariest monster masks or prettiest princess costume and head out for some Halloween fun. Thrills abound around town during this scary season of the year, but you want to ensure that your children don’t get into harm’s way while having fun.
That requires motorists to be observant and drive slowly during trick-or-treating hours when children are most likely to be out on the streets.
What are trick-or-treat hours for Tampa?
This year, Tampa set trick-ot-treat times for Oct. 31 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. But that doesn’t mean that certain neighborhoods or districts won’t be holding their own festivities at other times. Ideally, drivers devote their full attention to the roads year-round, but unfortunately, accidents occur every day of the year.
How can parents protect their children on Halloween?
Make sure that all youngsters are accompanied by an adult as they go door to door begging for treats, as there is no substitution for parental supervision. Don’t allow the kids to dip into their candy stash until parents have had a chance to inspect the haul. Also, make sure that no costumes obstruct the kids’ vision or pose a tripping hazard by being too long.
What you can do if your child is struck by a car
Make sure that they receive immediate medical treatment if they get into a car-pedestrian accident. File a police report, no matter how minor their injuries may first appear. Then, you can determine the course of action to follow to hold the negligent driver liable for the damages they caused.