As Children take to the streets on Halloween, their risk of being injured by motorists greatly increases. In fact, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports that Halloween is consistently one of the top three days for pedestrian injuries and fatalities. “This year, Halloween falls on a Thursday, so expect trick-or-treaters out in the afternoon and early evening hours.”, says Donna Galasso, Assistant Director of Traffic Safety, AAA Northeast.
The Police Departments of Herkimer County offer these tips from AAA to parents and their children on Halloween:
- Be Bright at night; use reflective tape on costumes and treat bags, and carry flashlights and glow sticks for extra visibility.
- Don’t wear a costume that obstructs vision. Use makeup instead of a mask.
- Wear a costume you can walk in, comfortable footwear and nothing that drags on the ground.
- Work one side of the street at a time, crossing only at corners and crosswalks. Stay out of the roadway!
- Younger children should always be accompanied by an adult or a trustworthy teen; older children should be given boundaries and should communicate with their parents along the way.
- If driving trick-or-treaters on their rounds, don’t forget to use appropriate car seats, and have children enter and exit the vehicle from the passenger side.
AAA suggests the following tips for motorists on Halloween:
- Try to avoid cutting through the residential areas where Trick-or-Treaters are likely to be present.
- Obey all traffic signals and travel with extreme caution in residential areas.
- Scan far ahead and watch attentively for children who may be excitedly running from house to house and crossing the streets in unexpected places.
- Avoid driving distractions, even after traditional trick-or-treat hours – older children and teens may be out without adult supervision.
- And it goes without saying, if you’re attending an adult Halloween party where alcohol is being served, be sure to designate a driver!