Halloween is on Wednesday, and AAA is reminding parents that the holiday is among the deadliest days of the year when it comes to traffic fatalities.
Children are at increased risk of being hit while trick-or-treating because of their height and unreliable judgment about when and where to cross streets.
The number of deaths among pedestrians from 5 to 14 years of age is four times higher on Halloween between 4 p.m. and 10 p.m., according to the Centers for Disease Control.
“Combine children walking after dark, candy, vision-compromising costumes, and adult partygoers on the road and you have a recipe for disaster,” said AAA Nevada spokesperson Cynthia Harris. “Children are safer the more visible they are. There are many easy and inexpensive ways for parents to make sure that Halloween costumes are both easy for drivers to see at a distance and easy for children to see out of.”
AAA offered the following Halloween safety tips for parents and drivers:
- Parents are encouraged to walk with their children door to door while trick-or-treating, showing children safe places to cross the street.
- Trick-or-treaters should always walk facing traffic if there are no sidewalks available.
- Children and parents both should wear light-colored clothing or costumes with retro-reflective material for the best visibility to drivers.
- Use face paint instead of masks for Halloween costumes. Masks can limit the ability to see and hear oncoming traffic.
- Children should carry flashlights to be seen, but should not shine them into drivers’ eyes.
- Create a map of the neighborhood so children and parents agree on the safest trick-or-treating route in advance, including only familiar neighborhoods. Go only to houses that are well lit.
- Motorists should drive slower through neighborhoods (approximately 5 mph slower than the posted speed limit). Children dart from house to house, excited about collecting candy, and they forget about traffic and other dangers. Look for children around porches, front lawns, and other areas adjacent to the road, not just the sidewalks.
AAA’s Tipsy Tow program will be in effect on Wednesday beginning at 6 p.m. and conclude at 6 a.m. on Thursday. Members and non-members can call (800)-222-4357 for a free tow of up to five miles.
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