Halloween is nearly here. Whether or not you’re participating in the festivities this year, remember that October 31 is a day to be particularly vigilant on the roads.
The graphic below by Safe Kids Worldwide shows some surprising statistics that should motivate us all to drive safely and without distractions, and to talk to our family members about staying safe this Halloween.
If you’re a parent, remember to talk to your kids about being a safe pedestrian while trick-or-treating. Surprisingly, only a third of parents talk to their kids each year about Halloween safety, yet the majority of them have reported having fears for their kids going out.
Safe Kids Worldwide suggests reminding trick-or-treaters to always walk on sideways or pedestrian paths; if there are no sidewalks, walk on the side of the road that faces traffic and stay as far to the side as possible. The organization also notes that children under age 12 should cross the street with an adult, and everyone should cross at corners and crosswalks and obey traffic signals. Remember to look out for cars that are backing out of driveways, reversing, and turning.
As drivers, it’s our job to drive more slowly on Halloween, especially in residential neighborhoods. Avoid distractions while driving, which goes far beyond cell phone use. Resist the temptation to do anything that takes your eyes or mind away from the road — grooming, eating, changing music, etc. — so you can pay extra-close attention to the unpredictable goblins and superheros gathering their loot from door to door.
Have a safe and happy Halloween!
A West Point graduate where he served as captain and military aviator, John Bair continues his commitment to our country through his efforts within the settlement planning industry. He has represented families of victims lost in the Flight 3407 crash, offered pro bono services to the families of 9/11 victims and drafted the first consumer protection bill for plaintiffs (H.R. 3699).