Halloween is a time for kids to have fun dressing up like ghosts and ghouls, but some statistics about Halloween safety are much more frightening than any costume or haunted house. Halloween safety is an important topic, and now is the best time for parents to have a serious conversation with their kids about trick-or-treat safety.
Halloween is one of the most dangerous times of the year for pedestrians. Children trick-or-treating with their friends on Halloween may not always practice proper pedestrian safety. Kids can get excited, dart out in the middle of the street or simply cross without looking both ways. Kids often make mistakes when it comes to safety, which means it is up to drivers to make sure that they slow down, avoid distractions, and prevent tragic pedestrian accidents from occurring this Halloween.
Here are some scary statistics about the dangers faced by children on Halloween:
- October is one of the deadliest months for traffic accident fatalities. In 2015, October accounted for the third-highest number of motor vehicle accident fatalities
- Over 70% of Halloween pedestrian accidents occur away from an intersection or crosswalk.
- Children between the ages of 12-15 account for nearly 1/3 of all pedestrian fatalities on Halloween.
- Drivers between the ages of 15-25 are the most likely age group to be involved in a Halloween traffic accident with a pedestrian.
At Daggett Shuler, we want to help raise awareness about proper Halloween safety so that everyone in the Piedmont Triad can enjoy the holiday and get home safe. Please:
- Drive cautiously
- Slow way down in residential areas
- Watch out for trick-or-treaters
- Avoid distractions like texting, eating or adjusting the radio
- NEVER get behind the wheel if you have consumed any alcohol.
If we all follow these steps, we can help reduce accidents during Halloween in the Piedmont Triad!
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