There's one night of the year when children face double the risk of being hit and killed by a car, and that night is October 31st. On Halloween kids have their minds focused on costumed trick-or-treating, but unfortunately that activity can entail the potential danger of tragic accidents right in our own neighborhood. If we want our children to have a fun time while remaining safe, it's up to us adults to ensure their well-being, and this is the responsibility of parents, but all motorists on the road.
Because of the heightened danger of fatal collisions with pedestrians on Halloween, drivers should exercise heightened caution on this particular night. Let's make sure that every family makes it home happy and in one piece, and that parents' greatest worry will be managing the influx of candy from another successful trick-or-treating expedition. Here are some excellent pointers from Safe Kids on safe driving on Halloween:
- Drive slower: In residential neighborhoods, drive slowly and be especially alert. Children are excited and adventurous on Halloween and can make unpredictable moves in and out of traffic.
- Be more alert: Take some extra time to look out for kids in your surrounding area: road medians, intersections, and curbs.
- Check blind spots: Driveways and alleys are major zones for additional caution. When entering or backing out of these areas, be extra attentive to look for children. Don't just check your mirrors, but turn and scan all your blind spots.
- Stay focused: Don't get distracted by your smartphone, your radio, or other activities. Stay focused on the road, and remind yourself that Halloween is the most dangerous day for traffic accidents involving children.
- Be patient: Drive slowly, and don't rush. Be ready for heavy pedestrian traffic and switch your headlights on earlier than usual to spot children from further away.
- Be on the lookout: Usual trick-or-treating hours on Halloween are from 5:30 to 9:30. Be on the lookout for kids and their safety!
Source: Safe Kids Worldwide