Halloween Pedestrian Safety
Halloween Pedestrian Accidents
Whether out trick-or-treating with your kids or heading out to for some Halloween treats of your own, be sure to walk, drive and celebrate safely. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Halloween is one of the top three days for pedestrian accidents involving injuries and death.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that children are four times more likely to be struck by a car on Halloween than any other day of the year. It’s easy for excited trick-or-treaters to forget about pedestrian safety and therefore drivers, passengers and parents must be even more alert.
The danger doesn’t apply only to the families on foot. According to data from the NHTSA auto accident fatalities increase an average of 37 percent when October 31 falls on a weekend, and that 48 percent of all crashes on Halloween night two years ago involved a drunk driver.
Here are some tips for helping keep you and your young ones safe on Halloween:
Drivers and Passengers
- Slowdown in residential areas. It’s recommended to drive at least 5 mph below the posted speed limit.
- Watch for children. They may be harder to see at night while in costume.
- Look for children crossing the street. Excited trick-or-treaters tend to dart into the road.
- Take extra care when entering and exiting driveways and alleys.
- Turn on your headlights to make yourself more visible.
Parents, Trick-or-Treaters and Party-Goers
- Instruct children to travel only in familiar areas and along established routes.
- Review trick-or-treating safety precautions, including pedestrian and traffic safety rules.
- Make sure Halloween costumes are visible, wear retro-reflective tape on costumes and treat buckets to improve visibility.
Avoid costumes and masks that obstruct vision.
- Ensure any props are flexible and blunt-tipped to avoid injury from tripping or horseplay.
- Carry a flashlight, but avoid shining it into the eyes of oncoming drivers.
- Stay on sidewalks and avoid walking in streets if possible.
- If there are no sidewalks, walk on the left side of the road, facing traffic.
- Look both ways and listen for traffic before crossing the street.
- Cross streets only at the corner, and never cross between parked vehicles.
- Trick-or-treat in a group
- Do not drink and drive
Wishing you a safe and fun Halloween.