Halloween falls on a Friday this year and that alone is enough to send shivers down my spine. Those roving groups of trick or treaters will likely be out later than usual since there is no school the next day. So parents and drivers need to be extra vigilant in order to make sure the kids are safe.

Thank goodness we have the Rogers Pumpkin Patrol on the case. This year will mark the 24th year that Rogers’ volunteers, a thousand of them to be exact, will be distributing Halloween safety kits to Grade 2 and 3 kids across the country, and delivering Halloween safety presentations as well.  Plus there will be hundreds of Red Rogers Cable vans patrolling the streets on October 31st.

Regardless of whether or not you have little trick or treaters at your house, Halloween does have a definite effect on you, the commuter. Rush hour starts a lot sooner on Halloween because so many people are leaving work early in order to pick up the kids, feed them supper and get them all dressed up as pirates or princesses by nightfall.

I remember a few years ago, on a rainy Halloween, the afternoon rush hour was a nightmare in itself.  Every route was packed and it took some commuters the better part of two hours to get home. But last year things were much better, with the afternoon rush hour starting at an earlier time and wrapping up earlier as well. So who knows what “tricks or treats” this Halloween will hold for motorists. There is one thing you do know for sure though; we here at the 680 Traffic Department will be there for you, helping you through whatever Halloween may bring..

Even though traffic flow generally does start to ease after dark, you still need to be really careful, especially on streets in residential areas. You know the score. Excited kids are darting across roads or are checking out their loot, and they are not anywhere near as careful as they should be. So we as drivers need to be the ones who are extra vigilant.