Halloween is just around the corner, which means that thousands of people will be taking to the streets of Cambridge, Massachusetts, in costume. There is something about wearing a costume that seems to lower people’s inhibitions, which is likely why Halloween is the most dangerous night of all for fatal pedestrian accidents, according to AAA.
Here are some tips AAA suggests for staying safe from accidents and injuries this Oct. 31, especially after the sun goes down.
1. If you can, avoid driving down neighborhood streets that are likely to be heavy with trick-or-treaters. If you are a pedestrian, make eye contact with motor vehicle drivers before crossing the street to help ensure that they see you.
2. Be on the lookout for kids in the streets. As mentioned above, adults and children alike tend to be more unruly on Halloween, which could bring more kids into the streets than usual. Some kids may even be dressed in all black costumes that are hard to see.
3. Slow down. The speed a vehicle is traveling can greatly determine the severity of a pedestrian accident. For example, a pedestrian is twice as likely to be killed by a car going 35 mph than a car going 25 mph, AAA reported.
4. If you plan to drink, also plan for a sober ride home. This also applies if you are hosting a party, as you may be liable for accidents your guests are involved in after they leave. Many cab services around the nation even offer free cab rides on Halloween, AAA reported.
5. Accompany your children trick-or-treating. This way, you know that they are being safe and staying out of the roadways. If you have older children, remind them of safety precautions like crossing the street only in designated crosswalks.
6. Choose a costume that doesn’t get in the way of your sight, like masks. Add reflective tape to trick-or-treaters’ costumes and avoid anything too long that could cause a fall.
Keep these tips from AAA in mind for a safe and fun Halloween!
Source: ABC15.com, “Halloween is the deadliest night for pedestrians,” Oct. 25, 2011.