October 31, 2016

Stay Safe on Transit this Halloween

New Westminster – It’s Halloween once again and Metro Vancouver Transit Police would like to remind you that taking a few precautions, if using transit tonight, will help to ensure that you enjoy this event safely.

Take extra care when choosing Halloween costumes. Costume props, such as replica handguns, hatchets, knives, swords, etc.,
have been one of the biggest concerns over the past few years. Put some thought into your props before stepping on transit.
Ask yourself, could this item be easily mistaken for the real thing? If this item is mistaken for the real thing, how might it put
your safety at risk if the police are called? If in doubt, leave it at home.

Consumption of liquor in public is illegal. This includes all buses, trains, and SeaBus. If you are carrying liquor on transit, ensure
it remains closed until you arrive at your private destination. The fine for consuming liquor in public is $230.00.
Tips for staying safe on transit:

  • Stay alert to your surroundings while on public transit. Keep valuables out of sight from others. Avoid being engrossed in
    your electronic device, especially when on SkyTrain/Canada Line platforms.
  • Plan ahead for a safe ride home. Download the free OnDuty App to check scheduled bus times. Check the Alert section of the App for important messages, as well as @Translink and @TransitPolice for any updates.
  • If travelling in a group, establish a meeting place in the event you are separated.
  • Be visible. Wear bright costumes or include reflective tape, glow sticks, or other articles that improve visibility.
  • Use face paint or make‐up instead of a mask — if you must wear a mask, enlarge the eyes for better vision and push it back off your face when you are walking in and around train stations, and in busy pedestrian areas.
  • Report any suspicious events or safety concerns on public transit to Transit Police’s nonemergency line. Text 87 77 77 or call 604‐515‐8300. In emergencies, always call 911.

Have a safe and Happy Halloween on our system!

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