Halloween Safety Tips for Parents and Drivers
It is no secret that children love Halloween. Nearly every former trick-or-treater has a fond memory of going door to door, donning their chosen holiday attire and demanding candy. Some people enjoy the day so much, they celebrate their Halloween festivities well into adulthood.
Unfortunately, with increased rates of both pedestrian traffic and alcohol consumption, Halloween is also recognized for being one of the most dangerous days of the year for children.
Whether you are taking your child trick-or-treating or planning to go to a party with friends, it is important that you take the appropriate measures to ensure that the children in our communities are able to enjoy the holiday safely.
Halloween Accident Statistics
- According to AOL Autos, Halloween is the third most dangerous day of the year for pedestrians, following January 1 and December 23.
- It is estimated that 30 pedestrians are killed every year during Halloween – almost three times the daily average.
- Between 1978 and 2002, there have been 715 fatal pedestrian accidents recorded on October 31.
- The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has yet to review data concerning pedestrian fatality rates beyond 2010, but existing data suggests that pedestrian deaths are on the rise.
- In 2010, the NHTSA recorded 4,280 deaths attributed to pedestrian accidents, up 4% from the 4,109 deaths recorded in 2009.
Safety Tips for Parents and Pedestrians
Information provided by AOL Autos:
- When walking, it is best to travel in groups as drivers are more likely to see and mentally register a cluster of people than an individual walking alone.
- The AAA recommends that parents accompany their children when trick-or-treating at least until the age of 12.
- Always use cross walks. Three-fourths of pedestrian deaths occur outside of cross walks.
- Make sure that masks and costumes do not obstruct the vision of you or your child. It is also recommended that trick-or-treaters carry flashlights or add reflective material to their costumes.
Safety Tips for Drivers
Inormation provided by AOL Autos:
- When possible, avoid driving through residential areas where trick-or-treaters or present. Do not use neighborhoods as shortcuts.
- Be extra cautious. Children may be excited by the holiday and run into the street without checking for oncoming traffic. Drive slow to allow for extra reaction time and watch for children on the streets, medians, and curbs.
- If you are driving children between neighborhoods while trick-or-treating, be sure the children exit from the passenger side doors. Children should not exit the car into the street.
- If drinking, designate a sober driver. Alcohol greatly reduces a driver’s attention and reaction time. Drunk driving and increased pedestrian activity is a combination that is bound to lead to tragedy.
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