Halloween is a Dangerous Day on Roads

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Everybody has heard to beware of the unwrapped candy with poison, but the far more frightening — and real — danger for kids on Halloween is being safe on the road. The chance of a child being killed while walking from 4 to 10 p.m. on Halloween is twice that of any other night of the year, according to Safe Kids USA.

After analyzing data from pedestrian deaths from 2002 to 2006, it concluded that 540 kids, ages 14 and younger, die while walking during those hours on Halloween every year.

Here are a few tips from our pals at MotherProof.com about how to keeping your child safe this year:

  • Go with them: While children over the age of 10 will likely declare themselves mortified if you go along, parents should definitely accompany those children 10 or younger.
  • Go early: Trick-or-treating in daylight is always preferable. With Halloween falling on a Saturday this year, it shouldn’t be as much of a problem.
  • Go where you know: Stick with areas that are familiar, and, if possible, well-lit at night. The more street lamps the better.
  • Go without masks: Masks cut down on young ones’ visibility, and while kids might proclaim Batman’s mask is necessary to make a successful costume, keeping it raised on the top of their heads except when ringing the doorbell won’t hurt.
  • Go with light: Dark-colored costumes should get reflective tape, and all children should go with flashlights or at least glow sticks to make them obvious to drivers.
  • Go with safety: Stay on sidewalks and cross on crosswalks when possible. Obeying pedestrian traffic rules cuts down on the chance of an awful mishap with a driver.

Heed this advice, be safe and have fun this Halloween. For more ideas on Halloween safety, visit Safe Kids USA.

Keep Halloween Sweet by Keeping Kids Safe (MotherProof.com)

By Stephen Markley | October 30, 2009 | Comments (9)
Tags: Safety

Comments 

All of it could be avoided without lazy parents whose only concern is how much alcohol to consume while their kids are out, rotting their teeth, playing in the street because mommy's an inattentive little failure at anything worthwhile.

Sounds like you have some personal demons there Billy...

worst 3

is this a surprise there is like 100times more kids out crossing roads and walking around all wired on candy not paying attention

David

Here's a tip....SLOW DOWN and pay attention, it's the drivers who are primarily at fault here. Speed limits in Residential areas are not a suggestion.

I was (sorta) kidding with my first post. But seriously, it goes both ways. Drivers have to be more perceptive of the kids running around, and maybe try out the speed limit for once; and parents should be more accountable for knowing where their kids are and what they do.

Wow, reading that again I came off a little wrong.

GR

Billy, even the speed limit is too fast on Halloween. If you're in a residential neighborhood, anything above a creep is too fast. The kids are excited and you can't really blame them for acting stupid on this special day. It's the driver's responsibility to suck it up an plan the extra time to get where you're going.

Billy,
Good to know!I was a bit worried for you myself.

Everyone have a great and safe Halloween.

GR,

When most drivers normally do 20+ over the speed limit here, simply having them go the speed limit is like a godsend. Getting them to go 20 under...would be ideal, but unrealistic.

Max

I think the figures are 50 percent more likely to get hit during Halloween.

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