Halloween Makes It More Than Spooky on the Road
Halloween means children getting outdoors to enjoy treats, fun, and games. Although Halloween comes before the change back to standard time this year, the days are getting shorter, and the nights are getting longer. With shorter days comes more night driving. Because nighttime driving is more dangerous, it requires extra attention from motorists, as well as pedestrians and bicyclists.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports that nearly two-thirds of all fatal pedestrian crashes and about 20% of fatal bicycle crashes occur in low-light conditions. According to Safe Kids, nationally, on average, children are more than twice as likely to be hit by a car and killed on Halloween as on any other day of the year.
That’s why Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service agent Colleen Foleen, McLennan County reminds motorists, parents and children of the following safety tips to keep in mind during Halloween and all year long.
Tips for Motorists
· Slow down. Watch for children walking on roads, medians, and curbs. Enter and exit driveways carefully.
· Be especially alert for children darting out from between parked vehicles and from behind bushes and shrubs. They’re excited – and they are not paying attention.
· Never drink and drive – tonight or any night. If you are partying, designate a driver.
Tips for Parents
· Adults should accompany children at all times and supervise their “trick or treat” activities.
· Teach children to “stop, look left-right-left, and listen” before they cross the street.
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