Halloween is a night for parties, costumes, pumpkins, and trick-or-treating with friends and family. Unfortunately, Halloween can also be one of the most dangerous nights of the year for children. There are three times as many child pedestrian fatalities on Halloween, more than any other day of the year. Most roadway designs don’t focus on pedestrian safety. This is especially problematic on a holiday that sees a large influx of pedestrian traffic. The following are Halloween safety tips you can use to keep Halloween a safe night for everyone.
Halloween Safety Tips for Drivers
- Don’t drive distracted. Turn off your phone while the car is moving. If something drops, wait until you stop to retrieve it. Make sure children are buckled safely into the appropriate seats. Keep any music low enough to hear pedestrians. Halloween trick-or-treaters will provide enough road distractions, don’t add any more.
- Use your headlights. Even if it isn’t dark, keeping your headlights on will increase your visibility to pedestrians and other drivers. If your vehicle is stopped, turn on the hazard lights to help drivers and pedestrians know your vehicle is parked.
- Slow down. The increase in pedestrian traffic means that you should drive slower than the speed limit. This will allow you extra stopping time and give you more time to scan the surrounding area to check for trick-or-treaters. Be extremely cautious when pulling onto a street or exiting the driveway. Avoid passing any stopped vehicles; children may be exiting from them.
- Always yield to pedestrians; never assume that children see you. They are likely thinking about the next stash of candy. Watch for children darting between parked cars or running across the street without looking.
- Drive sober. Make sure to have a designated driver if you plan on consuming alcohol.
Halloween Safety Tips for Trick-or-Treaters
- Don’t trick-or-treat alone. Children should travel in groups, and those under 12 should have a parent accompany them.
- Follow safety rules. Stay on the sidewalks, look both ways before crossing the street, and don’t cross between cars. Walk, don’t run, and don’t assume that the pedestrian has the right of way.
- Increase visibility. Try to trick-or-treat before it gets too dark. Choose costumes that have light, bright colors, or add reflective tape. Carry a flashlight.
Taking these extra precautions can help to keep your Halloween a safe night for everyone.
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