According to AAA, on Oct. 31, motorists should slow down and drive with caution, particularly in low-lit neighborhoods between the hours of 4 p.m. and midnight. In a press release, AAA said the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reported that from 2007-2011, 52 percent of all national vehicle fatalities occurring on Halloween involved a drunk driver.
To keep people safe during the holiday, AAA released the following tips for motorists, and parents and children trick-or-treating: — Avoid driving through neighborhoods. If possible, avoid cutting through residential streets where trick-or-treaters are likely to be.
• Watch for children in the street. Trick-or-treaters may not pay attention to cars and cross mid-block or between parked cars.
• Slow down, 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. What seems like a small difference—just 10 mph—can be the difference between life and death, according to the AAA.
• Drive sober. Always designate a sober driver if you plan to drink. Visit www.PreventDUI.AAA.com to learn more.
• Check costumes. Choose disguises that don’t obstruct vision, opt for non-toxic face paint instead of masks, and add reflective material or tape to keep kids visible.
• Trick-or-treat together. AAA recommends that parents accompany young trick-or-treaters.
• Make a plan. Review trick-or-treat safety precautions and plan your route ahead of time. Remind children never to cross the street mid-block or from between parked cars.
• Buckle up. If driving trick-or-treaters between neighborhoods, always use appropriate seat belts or car seats and have children exit and enter on the passenger side of the vehicle.
Tips for Trick-or-Treaters