While Halloween is an important part of many people’s childhood due to the chance to go trick-or-treating, that also means that Halloween is one of the deadliest days for pedestrians. With so many people, children especially, walking around in the low light of the evening hours, the chances of an accident are very high. If you will be out driving this Halloween, or if you have children that will be trick-or-treating, you should familiarize yourself with tips to help keep everyone safe out there on Halloween.
Why Is Halloween Dangerous for Pedestrians?
A study by the Journal of the American Medical Association found that the risk of a fatal pedestrian accident is 43 greater on Halloween. There are a couple of factors that increase the rates of pedestrian accidents on Halloween, including:
- Increased pedestrian traffic from trick-or-treaters
- Low lighting as most trick-or-treating takes place around and after sunset
- Adults going to Halloween parties may consume alcohol and then get behind the wheel
Tips for Trick-or-Treating
Tips for trick-or-treaters and their parents to follow to help reduce the risk of getting into an accident with a motor vehicle include:
- Parents or guardians should accompany trick-or-treaters under the age of 12
- Trick-or-treaters should always walk, never run
- Trick-or-treaters and their chaperones should always stick to walking on sidewalks wherever possible. Avoid walking in the street, or walking across people’s lawns where there may be tripping hazards
- Parents should remind trick-or-treaters to look for cars when walking past a driveway or when walking across the street
- Pedestrians should never assume that a motorist sees them or will yield the right of way
- Trick-or-treaters, especially young children, should finish up trick-or-treating before it becomes very dark
- Trick-or-treaters should wear costumes with brighter colors, or at the very least parents should add reflective tape to the costume or a candy bag/bucket
- Trick-or-treaters should also carry a lantern or flashlight to help make themselves more visible to motorists
- Parents should ensure that children’s costumes do not impede their vision, especially if a costume has a mask
Tips for Motorists
Drivers can also help reduce the risk of an accident on Halloween involving a trick-or-treater by:
- Driving slowly in residential neighborhoods
- Avoiding drinking and driving
- Avoiding distracted driving, including texting while driving
- Keeping eyes open for children who may dart out into the street
- If you are driving children around for trick-or-treating, make sure that children are buckled up, or sitting in a car seat if appropriate. Also ensure that a child’s costume does not interfere with the proper fit of the car seat harness or seat belt
- Pull over to the curb where it is safe to do so to let children exit away from traffic. Remember to use your hazard lights to warn other motorists when dropping children off
- If you are going somewhere during the trick-or-treating hours, try to park where you will not need to back up. If you do have to back out of a parking spot, ideally have someone outside your vehicle who can look out for children who might dart behind your vehicle
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