SAFETY FIRST: Tips for drivers on Halloween
Halloween is meant to be a night chock full of fun, with just a sprinkle of fright, for trick-or-treaters everywhere.
Unfortunately, that isn’t always the case. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Association, October 31st is one of the most dangerous nights of the year because of the deadly combination of alcohol and increased pedestrian traffic.
In 2012, almost half of all crash fatalities on Halloween involved a drunk driver, compared to just 31% on an average day that year.
Just over 28% of Halloween crash fatalities were pedestrians, compared to 14% on an average day.
But these numbers don’t have to be the reality again this year. To ensure that children are safe, drivers should remember the following:
- -Drive below the posted speed limit in residential areas during trick-or-treating hours. This will allow you time to break if you see a child dart in front of you.
- -Do not pass other vehicles that have stopped in the roadway, they could be dropping off children. This is more common in rural areas but can happen anywhere.
- -If you are dropping off or picking up your kids in an area, pull off the road into a safe spot and turn on your hazard lights to alert other motorists.
- -Don’t follow your children around in your car. This can create congestion and confusion. Instead, leave your car parked and walk with your kids.
- -Turn the radio down.
- -Watch for children who may dart out into the street, and always yield to pedestrians. Where there is one, there are likely to be others ready to cross.
- -Absolutely no drinking and driving. Plan for a sober driver, or use a ride-sharing service or taxi cab.
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- Written by Jill Fowler