Tonight the streets will be filled with ghosts and goblins. Halloween is always a fun night, but the chances of a Halloween car accident are significant. According to the National Safety Council, about 6,700 pedestrian deaths and 160,000 medically consulted injuries occurred among pedestrians because of a Halloween car accident in 2015.
To prevent a Halloween car accident, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) has provided these Halloween safety tips:
Ghost, Goblins, Witches and Others:
- Plan costumes that are bright and reflective. Make sure that shoes fit well and that costumes are short enough to prevent tripping, entanglement or contact with flame.
- Consider adding reflective tape or striping to costumes and trick-or-treat bags for greater visibility.
- Because masks can limit or block eyesight, consider non-toxic makeup and decorative hats as safer alternatives. Hats should fit properly to prevent them from sliding over eyes. Makeup should be tested ahead of time on a small patch of skin to ensure there are no unpleasant surprises on the big day.
- Review with children how to call 9-1-1 (or their local emergency number) if they ever have an emergency or become lost.
- Obtain flashlights with fresh batteries for all children and their escorts.
- Remain on well-lit streets and always use the sidewalk.
- If no sidewalk is available, walk at the far edge of the roadway facing traffic.
- Never cross between parked cars or out driveways.
- Don’t assume the right of way. Motorists may have trouble seeing Trick-or-Treaters. Just because one car stops, doesn’t mean others will!
How Drivers Can Avoid a Halloween Car Accident
- Be on special lookout for pedestrians. Because it is a school night, treat or treaters will likely be out during your drive home from work.
- In the neighborhoods, be careful while passing cars parked on the streets. Children may try to cross in between the parked vehicles.
- Drive with your windows open to hear trick or treaters.
Taking just a few extra planning minutes and paying a bit attention tonight could prevent a Halloween car accident. Have a spook-tacular time, but drive safely and watch out for those who don’t.
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