As October 31 approaches, all we can think about is trick-or-treating, haunted houses and costume parties. As children take to the streets on Halloween to trick-or-treat, their risk of being injured by motorists increases greatly.
In fact, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports that Halloween is consistently one of the top three days for pedestrian injuries and fatalities. 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.
Help protect trick-or-treaters by following these halloween driving safety tips. Be especially careful between 4 and 9 p.m., when most severe vehicle/young pedestrian collisions happen.
Halloween can bring about some foggy weather to go with the dark nights, so always remember to use your lights when need be.
Slow down and be especially alert in residential neighborhoods. Children are excited on Halloween and may move in unpredictable ways.
Put your phone down so you can keep your full attention on the road. Take off any masks or large hats that could get in your way or impair your vision while driving. Take extra time to look for kids at intersections, on medians and on curbs.
They could be picking up or dropping off children. Wait several seconds before attempting to pass, and only if you see there are no people near the car. Watch for children when passing parked cars as they often cross the street behind or between them.
Designate a sober driver or arrange a taxi if you’re celebrating with alcohol. Never, ever drive under the influence of alcohol. The National Highway Safety Traffic Administration (NHSTA) advises calling local law enforcement should you see a drunk driver on the road.