It's October again and here are a few tips from the SC Highway Patrol to ensure that everyone has a safe observance of Halloween this year.
* Don't use a cell phone while driving through neighborhoods.
* Drive well below the posted speed limit during trick-or-treating hours, typically from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.
* Be aware that children will be entering and exiting vehicles frequently. Do not pass other vehicles that have stopped in the roadway.
* Children can dart into the street particularly at intersections; motorists need to be especially alert for small children and children in dark, non-reflective clothing.
* Motorists should never assume a pedestrian approaching the roadway will yield to their vehicle. Children may not see the vehicle approaching or might not be familiar with crossing roadways.
* Parents should prepare children with flashlights, glow sticks or use reflective tape on their costumes. Parents should use their four-way flashers when waiting on children and be sure their children know to look both ways before crossing the street and to cross only at corners or crosswalks. Make sure children's costumes are not so long that they cause the child to trip and fall into the roadway.
* use high beams at night when possible, especially on poorly lit, rural roads;
* scan ahead for pedestrian activity and be prepared to react – avoid distractions in your vehicle that may take your eyes off the roadway;
* Night time operation of a golf cart on the roadway is dangerous and illegal
* Must have proper vehicle permit, liability insurance, and a licensed driver age 16 or older
* With the exception of gated communities, golf carts are only allowed on secondary roads or streets where the speed limit is 35 MPH or less.
* For additional golf cart requirements see SC code of laws section 56-2-105
* Know the law. Except under rare circumstances, pedestrians should not walk in the roadway. The vehicle has the right-of-way in most situations where a shoulder or sidewalk is available.
SECTION 56-5-3160. Pedestrians on highways.
(a) Where a sidewalk is provided and its use is practicable, it shall be unlawful for any pedestrian to walk along and upon an adjacent roadway.
(b) Where a sidewalk is not available any pedestrian walking along and upon a highway shall walk only on a shoulder as far as practicable from the edge of the roadway.
(c) Where neither a sidewalk nor a shoulder is available, any pedestrian walking along and upon a highway shall walk as near as practicable to an outside edge of the roadway and, if on a two-way roadway, shall walk only on the left side of the roadway.
(d) Except as otherwise provided in this chapter, any pedestrian upon a roadway shall yield the right-of-way to all vehicles upon the roadway.
* pedestrians should always wear retro-reflective or white clothing at dusk or night and brightly colored clothing with retro-reflective materials during daylight;
* place retro-reflective material on areas of movement such as elbows, knees, and ankles in addition to the wrists and chest.
* walk facing traffic and out of the roadway when possible; if there is no shoulder on the roadway, walk as close to the edge of roadway as possible.