The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has consistently reported that Halloween is one of the primary times for pedestrian injuries and fatalities. Even more so, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that children are four times more likely to be struck by an automobile on Halloween than any other day of the year.
With this knowledge, it is paramount that drivers and pedestrians alike assume the responsibility to be extra cautious on Halloween, this Saturday, October 31st.
Here are just a few safety tips to share with your family and friends this Halloween:
1. Parents: Designate an older sibling or friend to accompany younger kids. Be sure to send them with a cell phone and flashlights. Additionally, establish a safe route, which your children are familiar with, preferably close to home.
2. Motorists: Slow down! Especially in residential areas. Be sure to have your lights on and use the appropriate turn signals when needed. Please yield to pedestrians/trick-or-treaters!
3. Pedestrians / Trick-or-Treaters: Stay on your planned route, and don't stray from the sidewalks! Bring a cell phone and flashlight for extra safety and visibility. This would be a perfect time to have your personal safety apps on hand!
4. Party Animals: Please, be responsible, do not drink and drive! There are numerous ways around drunk driving, such as establishing a designated driver, calling an Uber/Lyft/Taxi, or calling AAA for their Tow To Go program (learn more here).
5. Ghouls & Goblins: Have a very safe and happy Halloween from the attorneys at the Martindale Law Group!