Halloween is here – and that may mean that little ones and adults alike are getting ready to celebrate a spooky, fun-filled evening!
With all of the fun that comes with Halloween, however, it’s important to remember that safety should always come first because, on Halloween:
- Young pedestrians (i.e., trick-or-treaters) are about two times more likely to be hit by a motor vehicle (as compared to the risk they face of being hit by a car on any other day of the year). The highest risk of child pedestrian accidents on Halloween occurs between 4 pm and 10 pm.
- Drunk drivers cause about 2 in every 5 fatal traffic crashes and about 1 in every 4 deadly pedestrian accidents.
So, here are some tips to remember and share if your children will be out on the streets this evening trick-or-treating or if you will on the roads at any point.
Halloween Safety for Child Pedestrians
- When trick-or-treating, go out with at least one adult and stay on the sidewalk (or in the area designated for pedestrians).
- Don’t forget to bring a flashlight, and try to include reflective tape in your costume (or on something you are carrying) so drivers can easily see you.
- Be especially careful when crossing the street, driveways or alleyways.
- Never cross the street anywhere except for a designated pedestrian crossing.
- Don’t assume that drivers see you just because they are stopped. If you will be trying to cross the street, make sure to make eye contact with stopped motorists first.
- Pay attention to the road at all times. This means that all distractions should be avoided.
- Don’t run on sidewalks or rough house with other trick-or-treaters. This can cause someone to fall in the street and get seriously hurt.
Halloween Safety for Motorists
- Watch out for small pedestrians, especially from about 3 pm to 10 pm.
- Don’t drive drunk or distracted.
- If you notice other drivers on the road who may be drunk, aggressive or careless, contact law enforcement authorities to report these motorists.
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