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Protect Your Kids on Halloween

Halloween Safety Tips from KidsAndCars.org

More children are struck by cars on Halloween than any other night of the year.

Two-thirds (2/3) of all highway fatalities at Halloween are alcohol-related. Don’t even think about getting behind the wheel if you’re impaired.

While excited trick-or-treaters may forget the rules of the road and be oblivious to the hazards, we as motorists must be uber vigilant. Be especially careful between 4 and 8 p.m., when most severe vehicle/young pedestrian collisions happen. Approximately 85% of deaths among young pedestrians occurred at non-intersection locations (indicating children are most likely to dart and dash from mid-block into the street).

Review all appropriate pedestrian and traffic safety rules with your children.
Look both ways before crossing the street. (Ideally, you should look right, left, and then right again.)
– Only cross at street corners, stoplights or crosswalks.
– Never cross against a green (or yellow) light.
– Make eye contact with drivers before crossing in front of a stopped car and wait for them to wave you on.
– Stick to the sidewalk between houses. If there are no sidewalks, walk on the far edge of the road facing traffic.
– Do not cross yards and lawns where unseen objects or the uneven terrain can present tripping hazards and never walk near lit candles or luminaries.
– Brighten them up. Fasten reflective tape to their costumes and treat bags to make sure they are visible. Give them flashlights with fresh batteries and glow sticks, to help them see and so drivers/others can see them.
– Trick-or-treat in a group if someone older cannot go with you.

Review traffic safety rules for drivers:
– All motorists need to be especially alert and cautious when driving on Halloween because of the increased number of pedestrians walking the streets.
– Watch for children darting out from between parked cars and into the street. Kids can cross the street anywhere, and most young pedestrian deaths happen at spots other than intersections.
– Watch for children walking on roadways, medians and curbs. Yield to all pedestrians.
– Be extra alert when pulling in and out of driveways.
– Do not assume children can see you or are paying attention. You need to take that responsibility.
– At twilight and later in the evening, watch for children in dark clothing.
– Don’t use a cell phone while driving through neighborhoods. A single distraction could lead to a tragedy.
– Discourage teens from driving on Halloween. There are too many hazards and distractions for inexperienced drivers.
– Stay well below the posted speed limit. Drive slowly, and don’t pass stopped vehicles. The driver might be dropping off children.
– Always use your turn signals. And if you have to pull over to drop off or pick up your kids, turn on your hazard lights.

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