Halloween night is quickly approaching, a time for friends and family to get together and enjoy a night of spooky fun. For most people, this usually involved dressing up in costumes, eating candy, watching scary movies, or carving pumpkins. However, accidents can still happen.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration officials note that, on Halloween night, 48 percent of crash-related fatalities involved a drunk driver. They also note that, with an increase in pedestrians on the street, there are more injuries and fatalities for those out walking. It’s important to remember a few tips that will help you and your family stay safe on this night.
For drivers, it’s important to remember to:
Mind Your Speed
Many families with small children will be out on the street trick-or-treating. Many times, they are dressed in dark clothing or children are so small that they are difficult to see. If one of them runs in the middle of the street, you need to be able to act last minute to avoid an accident. While you may be used to going a certain speed in your neighborhood, try to go slower than this, as it’s extremely important to be able to make last-minute maneuvers in the event that a pedestrian is in your way.
Many people on this night are making plans with friends and family. While it may be tempting to look at your phone while driving, you should put it down and focus on the road. So many people will be out and about, and your full attention should be on the road, possible pedestrians, and your speed. If you’re wearing a mask, make sure to take it off so that you can turn your head in all direction and see using your peripherals.
Don’t Drink and Drive
For many, Halloween night involves going to parties and drinking alcohol. If this is the case, do not get behind the wheel. There are many more people on the streets as well as more drivers on the road. This can increase your chances of an accident and possible injuries. Have a friend or family member pick you up if you don’t have a designated driver. Depending on your location, there are also other options like Uber and Lyft. In addition, don’t let another person get behind the wheel, either. If you do see a drunk or reckless driver, call local police to ensure that no accidents occur.
Pedestrians, Be Aware
For pedestrians, it’s essential to be hyper-aware of what’s going on around you. As many people wear black or dark colors on this holiday night, it can be that much more difficult for drivers to see you crossing the road. Bring a flashlight or glowsticks with you so that you are easier to spot for drivers. In addition, traveling in packs will make it easier for drivers to decipher you in the dark and help to decrease your chances of getting into a possible accident.
While this is a time for fun and festivities, it’s also important to remember that many types of accidents and injuries take place during this time. Remember these safety tips to help ensure that you and your family stay safe and have a night of fun.