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Halloween Safety Tips for the Road

Halloween is often a fun night filled with plenty of tricks and treats. Whether you're planning on going door to door to collect candy with the kids or are headed out to a spirited party, it is important that you keep some road safety tips in mind.

With all the excitement and energy on Halloween night, it can be easy to forget the precautions and let your impish spirit take over. However, with this night being notoriously dangerous, it is more crucial than ever that you keep roadway safety a top priority.

Consider the following Halloween accident / injury statistics:

  • From 2008 to 2012, more than 50% of fatalities involved a drunk driver
  • Halloween is among the top three holidays for injuries and deaths
  • An average of 5.5 child pedestrian fatalities occur on this day
  • The American Automobile Association names this night the most dangerous for pedestrians

Don't let these statistics on pedestrian accidents and vehicle collisions frighten you out of enjoying your trick or treating / festive fun. You and your family and friends can stay safe this Halloween by following just a few helpful tips.

Safety Tips for Your Halloween Night

For Drivers:

  • Stay more alert for drunk or impaired drivers
  • Plan ahead with a designated driver / ridesharing service
  • Always yield to pedestrians and be extra cautious
  • Keep an eye out for children darting across neighborhood streets
  • Put your phone away and don't be tempted by other distractions
  • Drive slower than usual in residential areas
  • Avoid passing stopped vehicles too quickly
  • Contact law enforcement if you notice a drunk driver
  • Be prepared for j-walking pedestrians

For Pedestrians:

  • Wear bright, reflective clothing / costumes
  • Bring a flashlight to light your path and stay visible
  • Supervise children under 12 years of age
  • Avoid tripping hazards or visibility restrictions in costumes
  • Don't walk home drunk--get a ride
  • Follow traffic signals / use crosswalks
  • Look both ways before crossing and use extra caution
  • Stay on sidewalks or paths
  • Don't text or use a smartphone while walking at night

Even though most of these safety tips bring you back to the basics, it is important to review these with your children (and yourself) before letting them go out for the night--even if you will be supervising them. In a moment's notice, a serious accident could occur. The more cautious you are this Halloween, the more enjoyable it will be in the long run!

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