Be alert for trick-or-treaters on Halloween.The National Highway Traffic Safety Association sharing safety tips for Halloween – the day of the year with the most pedestrian deaths, according to the NHTSA.
Why It Matters: “Children are three times more likely to be struck by a car on Halloween night than any other day of the year,” USA Today reported last October, citing data from the NHTSA. Halloween is on Tuesday this year, and according to AutoInsurance.org, an online information resource, Tuesday is the second-most dangerous day for the spooky holiday to fall on, with Halloweens on weekdays having 11% more fatal crashes than Halloweens that fall on the weekend.
NHTSA Safety Tips for Drivers:
- Be alert for trick-or-treaters on Halloween. Slow down and continue to scan the road in areas where they are likely to be or where sight distances are limited.
- On Halloween there will likely be more pedestrians on the roads and in places where they are not expected. Slower speeds save lives.
- Stay alert for pedestrians who may come out from between parked cars or behind shrubbery. Stop, wait for them to pass.
- Don’t look at your phone when you’re driving. Your attention needs to always be on the road.
- If you see a drunk driver on the road, contact law enforcement.
NHTSA Safety Tips for Pedestrians:
- Walk on a sidewalk if one is available and use crosswalks.
- Before the Halloween festivities begin, create a “buddy system” to get each other home safely and prevent walking alone.
Halloween Safety Tips (NHTSA)
by Leah Grainery, based in Texas