Visibility, Focused Driving Key for Trick-or-Treat Safety on Halloween
As kids hit the streets for trick-or-treat on Halloween, keeping them safe is paramount. For drivers, it’s important to pay extra attention to the festivities on the streets and sidewalks and slow down to avoid accidents.
Accidents involving pedestrians quadruple on Halloween. Fatal collisions between motor vehicles and young pedestrians (under 15 years of age) happen most frequently between 4 p.m. and 8 p.m. — prime trick-or-treating time. And more than 80 percent (84%) of deaths among young pedestrians occurred at non-intersection locations (indicating children are most likely to dart and dash from mid-block into the street). Halloween is also dangerous because of the number of parties that take place. Of all the highway fatalities that take place on Halloween two-thirds of them are alcohol related.
Following are tips for safe driving on this dangerous night:
- Don’t use a cell phone or text while driving through neighborhoods.
- Stay well below the posted speed limit.
- Pay attention to what’s happening on sidewalks and roadways. Watch for children darting across streets, especially between parked cars.
- Be extra alert when pulling in and out of driveways.
- Do not assume children can see you or are paying attention.
- Drivers should also check that all lights on their car work.
- Do not pass other vehicles that have stopped in the road. They may be dropping off children.
- If you’re driving a group of children, but staying in the running vehicle at the curb, be sure to put on your hazard lights to alert other motorists
Halloween is meant to be a fun, family event, but drivers have to pay extra attention to avoid the little ghouls and goblins on the streets and sidewalks. With some additional care, everyone can enjoy the night.