The tragedy of Halloween is that while children are having fun filling treat bags with tasty goodies and toys, some drivers get into a vehicle intoxicated and may cause serious harm. According to a report from State Farm Insurance and research firm Sperling’s BestPlaces, child pedestrians have a greater chance of being fatally injured by a car on Halloween night than any other time of year, including Independence Day and New Year’s Eve.
Of the more than 4 million accident reports filed from 1990-2010 for October 31st, nearly 25% of the accidents occurred between 6:00 and 7:00pm. Most of the accidents occurred outside of crosswalks with children ages 12-15. Young drivers, ages 15-25, posed the greatest risk of being involved in a child pedestrian-related accident on Halloween.
There are steps that you can take to keep your child safe from vehicles on Halloween, many of which you probably already do:
- Go out with children trick-or-treating or make sure they’re with a trusted adult.
- Cross at corners with crosswalks or traffic lights.
- Add reflective tape and glow sticks to costumes and treat bags to make them more visible to motorists.
- Give children flashlights to carry to illuminate hazards in their paths and increase their visibility to drivers.
- Encourage children to always look left and right before crossing a street and make eye contact with drivers.
- Ensure all electronic devices are down before crossing streets.
- Walk, don’t run, across roads.
- Teach children to not cross a street between parked cars or trees that may limit driver visibility.
- Plan out a route ahead of time that is populated and has sidewalks.
Ideal Auto Glass wishes you and your family a safe Halloween!