Halloween can be one of the most dangerous nights for driving. With more young children on the road than any other day, it is important for drivers to be cautious, patient and alert.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), Halloween ranks second for the most pedestrian fatalities in the year.
The best thing to do when driving on Halloween is to drive slowly. Try to avoid neighborhoods and highly populated residential areas during trick-or-treat. If you must drive through these areas, be on high alert for children. Children may be wearing darker clothing and they may try to cross the street between parked cars.
If you plan on attending Halloween parties and consuming alcohol, always have a designated driver. One-third of all motor vehicle fatalities are caused by drunk driving.
As a parent or guardian, there are a few precautionary steps you can take to ensure your child’s safety. First, never let children go out alone. Your children should travel in a group, accompanied by an adult and have a planned route. When planning your route, make sure children know never to cross the street without looking and to avoid crossing behind parked cars.
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Second, inspect your child’s costume before they head out. Avoid any type of mask or head gear that will impair your child’s vision. Check that the length of the costume is appropriate so children do not trip. Also, consider using some type of reflective tape either on their costumes or their bags; this will help drivers see the children better.
Don’t let this Halloween turn tragic. Make sure you are doing everything you can as a driver or a parent to ensure that children have a safe and fun Halloween. If you or a loved one were injured in an accident caused by someone’s carelessness on the road, contact Berger and Green today.
NHTSA.gov, “National Pedestrian Crash Report”