According to AAA, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports that Halloween is one of the top three days for pedestrian injuries, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that children are four times more likely to be struck by a motor vehicle on Halloween than any other day of the year. The website linked above has some great safety tips for kids on Halloween to help avoid pedestrian car accidents.
- Slow down in residential neighborhoods and drive at least 5 mph below the posted speed limit.
- Watch for children walking on roads, sidewalks and medians.
- Look for children crossing the street. They may not be paying attention to traffic.
- Carefully enter and exit driveways and alleys.
- Ensure an adult or older, responsible youth is available to supervise children under age 12.
- Plan and discuss the route your trick-or-treaters will follow.
- Teach children to stop only at well-lit houses and to never to enter a stranger’s home or garage.
- Establish a time for children to return home.
- Tell children not to eat any treats until they get home.
- Review trick-or-treating safety precautions, including pedestrian and traffic safety rules.
- Be bright at night – wear retro-reflective tape on costumes and candy buckets to improve visibility to motorists.
- Wear costumes that don’t obstruct vision and avoid facemasks that make it hard to see.
- Carry a flashlight but never shine 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 when crossing the street and only cross at the corner, and never cross between parked cars or mid-block.
- Tell your parents where you are going.
From all of us at C. Todd Smith Law, stay safe and have fun this Halloween!