Halloween scares should be in the form of little witches, ghosts and goblins coming to our doors in search of their favorite sweet treat. The real scare, however, occurs when trick-or-treaters are hit by cars. Statistics show an increase in pedestrian accidents on Halloween, especially involving those aged 21 years and under, and children are twice as likely to be hit by a car on Halloween than on any other day of the year.
Halloween is the one night of the year where sidewalks and streets are full of children and adults competing with cars and other vehicles for space in and about the roadway. Here are some simple things you can do to increase the statistics in your favor and to help ensure a happy and safe Halloween experience.
Masks can also pose a safety hazard. Masks may prevent children from seeing a car before it’s too late. A good rule of thumb is to remove the mask or push it up on your head when walking between houses, then pull the mask down once you arrive at your next candy stop.
And when driving on Halloween, be sure to keep a lookout for children and adults, drive more slowly and with extra caution especially in and around neighborhoods where children are likely to be trick-or-treating.
The Becker Law Office wishes everyone a safe and Happy Halloween!