October 31st is a thrilling night for many. In the excitement of trick-or-treating, it’s easy to forget about important safety precautions. Serious accidents are more likely to occur with the combination of increased pedestrian traffic, alcohol use and parties. For this reason, it is essential that parents and motorists are aware of the safety measures that are involved in keeping everyone safe on Halloween night.
According the the NHTSA (National Highway Traffic Safety Administration), here are some statistics on Halloween.
- Over 50% of pedestrian fatalities occur between 4pm and midnight
- 28% of crash victims are pedestrians (14% on an average day)
- Approximately 20% of pedestrian fatalities on Halloween involve a drunk driver
- 50% of pedestrians die from a drunk driving accident (33% on an average day)
- If you can, avoid driving Halloween night, especially between 5:30 – 9:30pm.
- Drive below the speed limit and give yourself extra time to get to your destination.
- Avoid being distracted behind the wheel. Driving must be your main focus as young children can pop out from anywhere at any moment. Refrain from using a cell phone at all costs.
- Pay extra attention to your surroundings. Be conscious of sidewalks, roadways, and always watch for any children walking in the street.
- If you are planning to attend and drink at a Halloween party, plan ahead. Make arrangements to get a drive with a designated driver or a taxi. Remember that driving home under the influence should never be an option.
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