According to reports, children across the country are twice as likely to get hit by cars on Halloween. In fact, Halloween is the deadliest day for child pedestrian and car crashes. This is no different in Pennsylvania. Car pedestrian accidents often lead to serious injuries.
Pennsylvania drivers need to be vigilant on Halloween night and drive extra carefully to avoid car accidents. Parents and trick or treaters also need to be careful and extra careful when crossing the streets on Halloween night.
Below are some tips for parents and trick or treaters to have a safe and fun Halloween.
- Before going to trick or treat, talk to children about rules and safety reminders, such as look both ways when you cross the street, do not run across the street, etc.
- If possible, try to avoid costumes with masks. Masks can obstruct a child’s vision when crossing the street leading to car accidents.
- If possible, avoid dark colored costumes as they will be difficult to see at night for drivers.
- Make sure costumes fit children properly. If the costume is too long, a child can trip while crossing the street and get hit by a car.
- Children under the age of 12 need to be supervised by adults.
- Children who do not need supervision should stay in a familiar neighborhood.
- Put reflectors on costumes so drivers can see children in the dark.
- Carry flashlights so trick or treaters can see where they are walking. Flashlights also let drivers see trick or treaters.
- If possible, stay in well lit neighborhoods.
- Make sure children walk on the sidewalks and not on the street
Below are some reminders for drivers on Halloween night.
- Drive slowly through residential neighborhoods.
- Stop a few extra seconds at intersections in case children run across the street.
- Do not talk while driving as it can distract your attention.
- Do not text and drive. Accidents happen when you take your eyes off the road for even 1 second.
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