Halloween night poses hidden traffic safety hazards

(October 31, 2017) ITASCA, Ill. — In 2016, 107 people died on the roads the night of Oct. 31, and 21 percent of those killed were pedestrians. October is the second deadliest month on the roads, according to NSC Injury Facts. With crowds of trick-or-treaters expected in neighborhoods around the country, caution is urged for all out on the roads during the upcoming Halloween holiday.

Most crash-related fatalities for pedestrians occur when it is dark, according to NHTSA, and pedestrian fatalities spike during Halloween night in particular.

Increased pedestrian traffic, alcohol consumption, and lower visibility from costumes, masks, as well as shorter daylight hours increase the risk.

To help ensure safety, the National Safety Council recommends the following safety tips for both drivers and trick-or-treaters: 

    Avoid masks, which can obstruct vision
    A responsible adult should accompany young children
    All pedestrians should keep heads up and avoid running across the street
    Keep trick-or-treaters visible with reflective tape or glow sticks on costumes and bags
    Watch for children, and enter and exit driveways and alleys carefully
    Always driving attentively and disconnect from your cell phone, even hands-free
    Designate an alcohol and drug-free driver or arrange alternate transportation
    Discourage new, inexperienced drivers from driving on Halloween