Updated October 2018.
Halloween is one of the most exciting holidays of the year and is loved by children and adults alike. Even with the thrill of dressing up, the candy, and the scary pranks, it is important to be aware of the dangers of Halloween. With ghosts, ghouls, and witches roaming the streets, it may seem ironic that the biggest danger on Halloween is the car. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reported that fatal crashes involving a drunk driver are three times more likely to happen on Halloween than New Year’s Eve. Halloween has the second highest rate of pedestrian deaths each year, just after January 1st, according to the National Center for Statistics and Analysis. The average rate of pedestrian fatalities doubles on Halloween. This is because of a combination of people drinking for the holiday and a huge increase of pedestrians on the roads. What makes this frightening statistic even worse, is that a large portion of these pedestrians are children. The largest age group for pedestrian fatalities on Halloween is children ages 12-15 and the second largest group is children ages 5-8. It is important to note that 70% of these accidents occur away from a crosswalk or intersection.
Here are some tips to help keep your children safe from cars this Halloween.
Wear bright costumes. Don’t let your children dress in all black or dark colors. Bright costumes well help them stand out to drivers.
Wear reflective tape. Put reflective tape on their costumes and bags so that cars will be able to easily see them.
Go slow. Make sure your children take their time going from house to house instead of running in between them.
Use designated crosswalks. Make sure your child crosses the street at designated crosswalks and intersections. Jaywalking is a huge problem on Halloween and one of the many reasons that children age 12-15 are the largest age group for pedestrian deaths on Halloween.
Look both ways before crossing the street. As mentioned before, there are a lot of drunk drivers who may be speeding or driving recklessly on Halloween. Make sure that no cars are coming by having your child look both ways before crossing the street.
Travel in large groups. Drivers are much more likely to see a large group of people than a single person crossing the street.
Put Cell Phones away. Make sure your children know the dangers of walking while looking at an iPhone, Android or other cell phone screen. Encourage them to always be aware of their surroundings, and to not text and walk.
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