WARREN, NJ - The Fall season is upon us and Halloween, along with Daylight Savings Time, is quickly approaching.  With that comes earlier darkness and pedestrian safety becomes a concern.  The Warren Township Police Department has shared some safety tips.

"Not only should trick or treaters be cautious, but we ask that those of you out for a jog, walking your dog or out for an evening stroll practice good safety measures to avoid a potentially dangerous situation, ' police said. "We also encourage those driving to be extra cautious and always look out for pedestrians.  Safety is a shared responsibility."   

We have found over the years that our busiest neighborhoods for trick or treaters are Greenwood Meadows (off Mt. Horeb Road/Liberty Corner Road) and Windermere (off Mountain Boulevard).  Once again, this year we will be deploying our Bike Patrols in those residential areas as well as providing additional patrols throughout the township on “Mischief Night” and Halloween.

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Please take a moment and review the tips below to ensure a safe Halloween and Fall season:

A few safety tips for trick-or-treaters and pedestrians:

• Keep alert and walk safely.  Put electronic devices down, and WALK, don’t run, across the street keeping your eyes (and ears) on the road.

• Always walk on sidewalks and always cross at the marked cross walks.  If there are no sidewalks, walk facing traffic as far away from vehicles as possible, and try to cross at a well-lit intersection.    

• Kids and adults alike should carry glow sticks or flashlights, as well as wear some type of reflective clothing, to help them see and be seen by drivers.  Never assume a driver sees you.

• Watch for cars exiting or backing up from driveways and parking lots.  Never “dart” out into the street or cross between parked cars.

• Be predicable.  Always follow the rules of the road and obey all traffic signals/signs.  

A few safety tips for drivers:

• Drive extra carefully on Halloween and during the Fall evening hours. Take extra time to look for pedestrians at intersections, on medians and on curbs.

• Eliminate any distractions inside your car so you can concentrate on the road and your surroundings.  

• Slow down and be especially alert in residential neighborhoods. Children are excited on Halloween and may move in unpredictable ways.  Adults may be distracted and not paying attention.  

• Never pass vehicles at a crosswalk, there may be people crossing you can’t see.  

• Always obey the posted speed limits.

Our utmost concern is for the safety and well-being of our residents and the children enjoying the holiday.  The Warren Township Police Department wishes you a Happy Halloween and safe Fall season!  "