Tips to Help Increase Pedestrian Safety for Halloween

Tips to Help Increase Pedestrian Safety for Halloween

On October 31st, each year, children of all ages celebrate this spooky holiday by hurrying along the roads trick-or-treating. However, the night’s festivities pose an important question: Can Halloween fun negatively impact pedestrian’s safety? Several factors contribute to Halloween having an increased risk of pedestrian fatalities.

This study examined 42 years of data and discovered that the risk of pedestrian fatality was 43 percent higher on Halloween. Depending on the circumstance, you may be a driver on Halloween night, staying home, or participating in the Halloween activities as a pedestrian yourself. Therefore, it’s essential to recognize what you can do to ensure proper safety for everyone involved.

If You Are a Driver

Children’s costumes, flashing decorations, and other distractions might make driving more challenging to focus than normal. It’s also crucial to take extra precautions because of the low lighting at night. Most of the festivities happen primarily at dusk— and the risk of a child being hit by a car doubles at this time of the evening.

If you choose to drive on Halloween night, there are some things to consider:

  • Drive slowly and be alert around the neighborhood, especially around residential streets, where there will be a surge of pedestrian traffic.
  • Avoid using electronic devices when driving to remain focused and alert to other vehicles and pedestrians walking.
  • Keep your windshield clean. Driving at night can already affect visibility. The last thing you want is an obscured view that limits your sight of pedestrians.
  • Under no circumstances should you ever get into a moving vehicle after drinking. Drunk driving accidents tend to also increase on Halloween.
  • Continue to obey traffic laws and obey street signs and signals. Be mindful of children that run into the street, and always yield to pedestrians.

If You Are a Pedestrian

If you are participating in the Halloween festivities, you should know a few things to help increase pedestrian safety for you and your loved ones.

  • An adult should always accompany younger children. Having adult supervision can help protect children and monitor unsafe behaviors that children tend to display, such as running in the middle of the street.
  • Avoid costumes that may make it difficult for drivers to see. Perhaps add reflective material to your costume or bring glow sticks to make sure you are visible to other vehicles.
  • Follow the rules of the road at all times. Find sidewalks or pathways to walk on, and cross with a traffic signal.
  • While trick-or-treating, try not to get distracted. There will be a surge of Halloween decorations and costumes all around that may deter your attention. However, it’s crucial to stay aware of your surroundings and have your head up while walking. It is suggested not to use your electronic device, especially when walking.

Whether you are a pedestrian or behind the wheel, it’s everyone’s responsibility to ensure pedestrian safety. Halloween is scary enough, let’s not increase the risk for catastrophic injuries and accidents.

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