Road safety chiefs today issued a Halloween warning to motorists to drive carefully this evening as thousands of children in dark costumes will be trick-or-treating from house to house.
Because the clocks went back one hour less than a week ago, many drivers will also still be adjusting to early evening darkness on their journeys home from work.
“With Halloween falling on a work day, and with children on mid-term break from school, more children than usual are likely to be on the streets and roads in the early evening, dressed in dark costumes or wearing masks, making it difficult for them to see and be seen,” said a Road Safety Authority (RSA) spokesman.
The RSA urged parents to ensure children are always accompanied by a responsible adult and to carry a torch.
Kids should also choose brightly-coloured costumes that will be clearly visible to motorists.
The spokesman added: “Motorists should be extra careful when driving as Children are excited and may forget safety rules.
“When driving in areas with children, slow down and watch out for them. Enter and exit driveways and laneways slowly and pay extra attention.”