The first Tuesday in August marks a nationwide campaign called National Night Out—an event where local and state law enforcement agencies connect with the public to build, strengthen and expand relationships in the community. This year the event celebrates its 35th anniversary.
This means that law enforcement agencies will hold public gatherings, usually right within communities (not just in public buildings), and it can have an impact on traffic. It is a time when you will see lots of police activity, and it can lead to distractions for both drivers and pedestrians. Flashing lights, K-9 demonstrations, oversized and specialized vehicles, etc., are a but a few of the distractions that the community can encounter that evening, and what event is not complete without food being served? So, it is crucial for drivers (and pedestrians alike) to keep an extra eye out for children running into the street between vehicles and pedestrians mulling about sidewalks and roadways.
A few safety tips for making this Tuesday, August 7, 2018, a safe one for everyone to enjoy this special event:
- Stay in designated event areas.
- Be aware of distractions caused by vehicles, people, and other heavy or specialized equipment (low-flying helicopters).
- Pay extra attention in neighborhoods where these events will likely occur.
- Wear light-colored, reflective clothing so you can be seen by drivers. Avoid darker colors that blend into the night as the sun sets.
- Travel in groups.
- Follow guidelines set by community groups and law enforcement.
Always drive with care and pay extra attention to distractions on the roadways. Arrive alive at your destination.
Happy driving! Drive Safely!