Halloween Is The Most Dangerous Night For Pedestrian Fatalities

October 31, 2018

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Trick-or-treaters will be out in full force tonight as Halloween is finally here.  A somber static released this week says children are 10 times more likely to be killed by a car on Halloween than on any other day of the year. A university study analyzed fatal car crash data from 1975 to 2016 from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and found the risk of pedestrian deaths on Halloween spiked by 43% compared to one week earlier or one week later. The risk was most serious for children between ages four and eight and for all children between the hours of 5pm and 8pm. The study suggests one way to lower the number of fatalities is to make some neighborhoods car-free on Halloween.  So make Halloween as safe as possible by making trick-or-treaters as visible as possible. Use reflective tape on costumes, shoes and bags, light up bracelets, necklaces and a flashlight will make it easier for motorist to spot kids. Make sure kids travel in large groups and accompany any trick-or-treater at least through the age of 12. As for drivers tonight, AAA suggests you avoid neighborhood short cuts where trick-or-treaters are likely to be present.  Be mindful of excited children who aren't necessarily looking out for cars and may cross mid-block or between parked cars. Watch your speed as a pedestrian is more than twice as likely to be killed if they’re hit by a car traveling at 35 mph, compared to 25 mph. Data from NHTSA shows that between 2012 and 2016, 44% of all people killed in car crashes on Halloween night had an accident involving a drunk driver, so call an Uber or Lyft if you're drinking tonight.

SOURCE: Daily Mail

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