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A Time for Scares, Dares and Ride Shares

Post Date:10/27/2019

A Time for Scares, Dares and Ride Shares

By Mayor Marsha McLean

The end of October is one of my favorite times of the year. The weather is getting cooler, the leaves are changing colors and Halloween is seen by many as the kick-off to the holiday season. This week is exciting for young people throughout the Santa Clarita Valley as they prepare to get dressed up in costumes for school parades and an evening of trick-or-treating in their neighborhoods.

With Halloween on a Thursday this year, it is important to remember that there are going to be more pedestrians out than usual at nighttime. In addition to going door to door hoping for a sweet treat, there will be an increase in parents and little ones crossing streets throughout the City.

This means drivers need to be extra careful, especially through residential areas, and parents should set positive examples and reinforce safe behaviors. Look both ways when crossing the street and only cross at designated crosswalks or intersections when it is safe to do so.

If you do find yourself driving on Halloween, please be alert and expect that there will be people waiting to cross the street. Take a few extra seconds to ensure that crosswalks are clear before making turns and give yourself plenty of time to get to your destination.

There are sure to be Halloween parties for the grown-ups too this week, which is why the City wants to remind you to be a Heads Up driver and never get behind the wheel if you’ve had a drink or are impaired in any way. When you are impaired, your judgment is clouded and your reaction time is slowed, which can lead to poor decisions as a driver that can result in devastating accidents.

Over the past three years, the City’s award-winning Heads Up traffic safety campaign has resulted in fewer collisions, injuries and fatalities. The next step is tackling instances of DUI in Santa Clarita, which is why, in this season of scares and dares, we can make the smart decision: rideshare!

I want to encourage you to explore all of your options for alternative transportation, so you have a plan in place before you leave your home. By designating a driver or utilizing rideshare options in the City, when you plan to go out, you do your part by removing any potentially impaired driver from our streets. This will help us all achieve our goal of having every Santa Clarita resident arrive home safely.

The City is also proud to be exploring partnerships with local restaurants to help drive home the importance of safe driving and sound decision making. In the coming weeks, the City will team up with Uber and “Heads Up Establishments” in Santa Clarita to reinforce responsible serving practices and help patrons get a safe ride home if needed.

As we approach the winter holidays, be on the lookout for more information from the City’s Traffic Safety Team about this new program that will help have a positive impact on our community. To learn more about the Heads Up traffic safety program, please visit santa-clarita.com/headsup.

Marsha McLean is Mayor of the City of Santa Clarita and can be reached at mmclean@santa-clarita.com.

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