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Keep Halloween Safe

Posted by on October 31, 2017 at 12:35 PM

According to statistics cited by SafeKids Worldwide, on average, children are more than twice as likely to be hit by a car and killed between 4:00 pm and 8:00 pm on Halloween than at any other time of the year.

These 13 Halloween driving tips will help you avoid being the driver of one of those cars. In general, over 80 percent of child pedestrian fatalities happen at non-intersection locations. Further, the maturity level of children under 10 makes them less aware of road dangers and more susceptible to being hit by a car.

Add darkness, black costumes, and free candy to the mix and you've got a recipe for tragedy.

Keep Costumes Both Creative and Safe.

- Decorate costumes and bags with reflective tape or stickers and, if possible, choose light colors.

- Choose face paint and makeup whenever possible instead of masks, which can obstruct a child’s vision.

- Have kids carry glow sticks or flashlights to help them see and be seen by drivers.

- When selecting a costume, make sure it is the right size to prevent trips and falls.

Drive Extra Safely on Halloween

- Slow down and be especially alert in residential neighborhoods. Children are excited on Halloween and may move in unpredictable ways.

- Take extra time to look for kids at intersections, on medians and on curbs.

- Enter and exit driveways and alleys slowly and carefully.

- Eliminate any distractions inside your car so you can concentrate on the road and your surroundings.

- Drive slowly, anticipate heavy pedestrian traffic and turn your headlights on earlier in the day to spot children from greater distances.

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