AAA: Be safe trick-or-treating this Halloween with these tips
AAA says the period after 4 p.m. on Halloween is when more trick-or-treaters are killed or injured because of speeders and drunk drivers.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, in 2020, 56 people across the country were killed in drunk-driving crashes on Halloween night.
In Connecticut, Halloween is the number one day for crashes involving child pedestrians.
Between 1995 and 2021, 55 child pedestrians under 18 were involved in crashes on Connecticut roadways.
AAA asks drivers to slow down in poorly-lit neighborhoods to spot trick-or-treaters early.
AAA says pedestrians are twice as likely to be killed by a car traveling 35 miles per hour compared to 25 miles per hour.
For families trick-or-treating, AAA stresses the importance of planning routes in advance on well-lit streets.
Cross at crosswalks, walk facing traffic on roads without sidewalks and avoid crossing mid-block or between parked cars.
Lastly, wear masks that don’t obstruct vision and costumes with reflective material or tape.
The state's U Drive U Text U Pay campaign is still taking place.
It runs through Halloween.
Police are out in full force cracking down on distracted driving.
Fines range from $200 to $625.