AAA offers Halloween night safety tips
Halloween night is the deadliest night of the year for pedestrians, AAA reported.
The number of deaths among young pedestrians ages 5 to 14 years quadruples between 4-10 p.m. on Halloween, according to statistics from the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety.
“Children are always at greater risk as pedestrians because of their shorter stature and unreliable judgment about when and where to cross streets,” said Cynthia Harris, AAA Northern California spokesperson. “By slowing down, watching for trick-or-treaters who may cross between cars and choosing a sober designated driver, you could be saving a life.”
To protect young ghosts, goblins, princesses and ballerinas, AAA offers the following safety tips:
- Avoid taking neighborhood shortcuts, as residential streets are where trick-or-treaters are likely to be.
- Always buckle up and use appropriate car seats. Make sure children enter and exit the vehicle on the passenger side.
- Slow down. A pedestrian is more than twice as likely to be killed when struck by a vehicle traveling 35 mph compared to 25 mph, according the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety.
- Don't drink and drive. DUI drivers make up about a third of all motor vehicle deaths. That means those drivers are responsible for an average of one death every 45 minutes. If you plan to drink, make sure to have a designated driver.
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- Go trick-or-treating with your child until they are 12-years-old, AAA recommends.
- Plan ahead. Lay out a trick-or-treating route and review safety precautions. Remind children to never to cross the street mid-block or between parked cars.
- Use costumes that don't block your child's vision. Perhaps, choose non-toxic face paint instead of masks. Make sure the costume isn't so long that it poses a tripping hazard. Add reflective material to your child's costume to help drivers better see them.