The ghosts, goblins and superheroes (but not scary clowns) will be out tonight for their Halloween celebrations. Yes, Halloween should be fun, but we cannot ignore the fact that accidents happen on Halloween night. According to U.S. Census data, there are about 41 million potential trick-or-treaters between the ages of 5 and 14. Add that statistic to the fact that in 2010, 41 percent of all highway fatalities across the nation on Halloween night (6 p.m. Oct. 31 to 5:59 a.m. Nov. 1) involved a driver or a motorcycle rider with a BAC of .08 or higher, Halloween night can turn into Halloween horror (without the fun rollercoasters).
According to statistics from the U.S. Department of Transportation, on Halloween night in 2015, 106 people died nationwide, and more than half of those deaths (55) involved a crash with a drunk driver, compared to one-third on an average day. Also, more than one-quarter of Halloween crash fatalities were pedestrians, compared to 15 percent on an average day. So, taking steps on Halloween night can prevent a pedestrian vs. car accident can save a child. Here a few tips to reduce car v. pedestrian accidents this Halloween:
Halloween Safety Tips
- Increase pedestrian visibility on Halloween by having kids carry a flashlight or glowstick and have them wear glow-in-the-dark necklaces or reflective tape to costumes.
- Loose fitting clothing and oversized shoes can trip a trick-or-treater when crossing the street so they should practice walking in their costume before the thrill of getting to the next house.
- Pirate swords and masks are cool, but are dangerous and masks can obscure vision. Thus, leave the swords at home (or make one from a poster board and aluminum foil) and use face paint instead of masks.
- Remind kids to cross at crosswalks or at a corner. They should also always make eye contact with drivers before stepping into the street and ALWAYS look left, right and left again.
- Take out the headphones and no texting and walking especially when crossing the road.
- Avoid the decorative contact lenses — they could blur your vision at night.
- Many car accidents happen when a vehicle is pulling out of a driveway so kids should always look for cars when walking by a driveway.
Halloween trick-or-treaters need to be careful, but so do drivers. Drivers need to know that kids will be out of the streets looking for candy and not looking for cars. Avoid a car accident with a child by increasing your look-out for pedestrians. A few extra seconds could prevent a pedestrian vs. car accident.
Be safe and spooky this Halloween and watch out for those who aren’t!
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