Keep Halloween Safe and Sweet: Safety Tips for Drivers and Families
Today is Halloween, and tonight, excited young children dressed in costumes will be flooding neighborhoods for trick-or-treating. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) wants to remind motorists and families to be extra alert and vigilant during tonight’s festivities.
How to Keep Halloween Sweet
According to the Department of Transportation, 106 people died nationwide in motor vehicle crashes on Halloween night in 2015. More than 25 percent of these deaths were pedestrians, and half of these deaths involved a crash with a drunk driver.
These fatal crashes are easily preventable if you follow a few safety tips to keep you and others safe on Halloween.
Tips for Drivers
- Slow down when driving through residential neighborhoods, and obey every traffic sign and signal.
- Many young children trick-or-treating have their minds on candy, not safety. Be more cautious and alert than usual.
- Drive below the speed limit in heavily trafficked areas to give yourself more time to react if a child darts into the street.
- As is always true, do not drink and drive.
Tips for Families and Trick-or-Treaters
- Talk to your children about basic safety precautions before heading out to trick-or-treat.
- This includes walking slow and checking both ways before crossing a street.
- Have your children wear costumes with light colors and place reflective tape on parts of their costume.
- Another good idea is to have your child carry a glow stick, mini strobe light, or flashlight with them while trick-or-treating.
- If you see a drunk or impaired driver, report them immediately to local law enforcement.
- Always walk on the sidewalk if there is one available.
- If there isn’t a sidewalk, walk facing traffic as far off the road as you safely can.
- Also, use the proper crosswalks when crossing streets.
Tips for Adult Halloween Partygoers
- If you plan on drinking alcohol, plan on having a designated driver or another ride home. Do not drive drunk, ever.
- Don’t let others drink and drive or walk home alone after drinking. Find them a sober ride home.
- Volunteer to drive others home if you have not consumed alcoholic beverages.