This year Halloween falls on a weekend. That means there are likely to be lots of people out, both on the sidewalk and on the roads. If you’re with family in you neighborhood or driving on the road, it’s important to take steps to ensure everyone’s safety this weekend.
According to statistics, Halloween is the deadliest day of the year for child pedestrians. Between 2004 and 2018, an average of 54 children were struck and killed in an accident on Halloween. On a normal day, that statistic drops to 16.
With children flocking to the streets in droves, it’s no wonder by Halloween sees such a spike in tragedy.
In general, pedestrians nowadays are actually more likely to be struck fatally by a vehicle than ever before. Since 2009, the rate of pedestrian fatalities from auto accident has increased by 33%.
That’s why it’s important to take precautions, whether you’re out with your kids or are on the roadways.
Pedestrian Safety Tips
If you’re out with your children or young siblings on Halloween night, make sure to be extra vigilant about car danger.
- Look both ways before crossing the street
- Mind traffic laws and crosswalk sign.
- Don’t assume that a vehicle will stop for you.
- Keep an eye on small children, especially in crowds near roadways. A excited child may run into the street unexpectedly without looking.
Halloween Safe Driving Tips
- If you’re driving on Halloween, make sure reduce speed in residential areas, especially in areas with a high traffic of trick-or-treaters.
- Take extra care to obey traffic laws, coming to a complete stop at lights and crosswalks and yielding to pedestrians.
- Be vigilant for drunk drivers. If a vehicle around you is trying chaotically, pull over or change directions and alert authorities.
Whether or not you celebrate, we hope that you and your family stay safe this weekend.