This year Halloween falls on a Friday (Friday, October 31st) and because of this traffic will increase (not only because of the holiday, but because of the weekend) with cars, trucks, trick-or-treaters and Halloween party goers. According to the CDC (Center for Disease Control) automobile related accidents with young pedestrians increase four times on Halloween night.
In most areas, parents usually drive their children to nearby neighborhoods and subdivisions and let them out of the car and walk from house to house, while following behind them in their car. Of course this causes a distraction for these drivers as they are trying to not only pay attention to traffic (kids darting in and out between cars and other automobiles) but keeping an eye on their own kid(s) as well.
On Halloween, automobile drivers and trick-or-treaters need be very defensive and pay attention on this festive, holiday night.
Some safety tips both drivers and trick-or-treaters need to know are:
- Pay attention to crosswalks, intersections and side of the roads.
- Never get in a car with a stranger.
- Never go with or take candy from a stranger who approaches you on the street.
- Carry a flashlight or glow stick with you to make you visible to cars and other trick-or-treaters.
- Pull off to a safe spot, if you are dropping off or picking up your kids in a neighborhood.
- Put a lighted pumpkin or some other lighted object on your dashboard (while parked) so your child can identify your car.
- Not pass other cars that may have stopped in front of you – they might be dropping off children.
- Drive below posted speed limits in residential areas.
- Not use their cell phone or other technology while driving.
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