NYS DIVISION OF CONSUMER PROTECTION URGES NEW YORKERS TO BE SAFE DURING HALLOWEEN CELEBRATION
Safety Tips for Adults and Children for an Enjoyable and Safe Outing
The New York State’s Division of Consumer Protection and the Governor’s Traffic Safety Committee urge New Yorkers to follow these safety tips to ensure a safe and Happy Halloween:
“Halloween is a wonderful fun celebration for kids and adults and to enjoy it we must be aware that safety ought to be our number one priority,” said Secretary of State Rossana Rosado, who oversees the Division of Consumer Protection. “We urge everyone to be mindful and protect our children so the experience of trick- or-treating becomes an enjoyable and safe one.”
“The best way to be safe on Halloween is to be seen,” said Mark J.F. Schroeder, Commissioner of the New York State Department of Motor Vehicles and Governor’s Traffic Safety Committee Chair. “We urge all parents to teach their children to wear reflective clothing, carry a light and cross at a crosswalk. Drivers too should know to be extra cautious on Halloween.”
The New York Division of Consumer Protection is committed to addressing the concerns of consumers in the marketplace through educational programming, consumer advocacy, Do Not Call Law enforcement and representing State utility ratepayers. The Division also provides direct assistance to consumers aggrieved in the marketplace through its voluntary mediation program. Complaints vary from appliance warranties and gift cards to unscrupulous business practices and more. The Division encourages New Yorkers experiencing a marketplace dispute to call the Consumer Helpline or file a complaint.
The Consumer Helpline 1-800-697-1220 is available Monday to Friday from 8:30am to 4:30pm, excluding State holidays, and consumer complaints can be filed at any time at www.dos.ny.gov/consumerprotection.
The Governor's Traffic Safety Committee (GTSC) coordinates statewide traffic safety activities. The Committee promotes and supports the state's highway safety program to provide for the safe transportation of people and goods on New York's roadways. The staff of the GTSC manage the state highway safety program by reviewing and monitoring grant programs, coordinating special programs such as the Child Passenger Safety or the Drug Recognition Effort officer programs, and by providing guidance and oversight to state and local agencies. By statute, the Committee is comprised of the heads of the twelve state agencies with missions related to transportation and safety. The GTSC is chaired by the Commissioner of the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV), and as a state department is also housed in the DMV. The Committee acts as the state's official liaison with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.