AAA says Halloween is deadliest day of the year for child pedestrians
AAA Northeast reminds drivers to watch out for trick-or-treaters tomorrow.
AAA analysis reported that Oct. 31 is the deadliest day of the year for child pedestrians.
To make the day a little safer, AAA recommends:
- Avoid neighborhood shortcuts. If possible, avoid cutting through residential streets where trick-or-treaters are likely to be present.
- Watch for children in the street or walking on medians and curbs.
- Slow down.
- Drive sober.
AAA also has tips for parents and children:
- Trick-or-treat together. AAA recommends that parents accompany youngsters at least until the age of 12.
- Review trick-or-treating safety precautions and plan the route ahead of time. Remind children never to cross the street mid-block or between parked cars.
- Check costumes. Choose disguises that don’t obstruct vision and where possible use face paint instead of masks. Check and adjust the length of costumes to avoid tripping and add reflective material or tape to keep kids visible. Carry a flashlight.
- Buckle up. If driving trick-or-treaters between neighborhoods, always use seat belts or appropriate car seats, no matter how short the trip is. Have children exit and enter from the sidewalk rather than from the road when possible.
AAA also urges municipalities to invest in sidewalks and street lighting wherever possible.