While costumes and haunted houses can provide fun frights on Halloween, the two scariest things people should be aware of before they kick off their festivities this evening are drunk drivers and child pedestrians, data from federal transportation regulators indicates. This is because, according to this data:
- Children are twice as likely to be hit by a car on Halloween than any other day of the year.
- The risk of a child pedestrian accident on Halloween is the highest between the hours of pm and 10 pm.
- Drunk drivers cause more than 40 percent of the fatal accidents – and about 25 percent of the fatal pedestrian accidents – that occur on Halloween.
For those who will have little ones out on the street collecting candy tonight – or if you will be out enjoying a party or driving at any point, below are some safety tips to know and keep in mind while you celebrate. They could prevent an accident and save a life.
How to Avoid the Nightmare of a Drunk Driving Accident or a Child Pedestrian Accident on Halloween
- First off, don’t be the impaired driver. If you’ll be celebrating with alcohol, plan ahead to have a ride, take a cab/use ride sharing service, or find somewhere to stay for the evening.
- Watch out for children and pedestrians, especially around schools and neighborhoods.
- Driver about 5 mph slower in neighborhoods.
- Focus on driving, and avoid all distractions. Children can dart out in front of your car at any time, so you need to be prepared to react and respond as soon as possible.
- If you notice another motorist on the road may be impaired or overly aggressive/reckless, don’t hesitate to report that driver to local law enforcement. Getting impaired or reckless drivers off of the road can prevent crashes and save lives.
- Only walk on sidewalks.
- If you need to cross the street, only do so at an intersection or street corner (ideally at a crosswalk). Do not cross until the green pedestrian light is on, all cars are stopped, you have looked left/right/left again, you have made eye contact with the stopped drivers (just wave), etc.
- Pay attention to your surroundings, and don’t walk behind cars.
- Be careful crossing drive ways.
- Bring glow sticks or flashlights if you’ll be out at dark.
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