Halloween is just around the corner, and according to reports, pedestrian injuries and fatalities are usually high during the celebration. In fact, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention tell us that children are 4 times more likely to be hit by an automobile on Halloween than any other time.
In this issue, we’ll share tips that will help make this Halloween a safe time for you and your family.
Advice for motorists on Halloween
Whether they’re out trick-or-treating or on the way to and from a Halloween party, more people than usual will be out and about.
- Put cell phones away and turn the radio down to avoid distracted driving.
- If you’re celebrating Halloween with alcohol, be sure to have a designated driver or arrange for a taxi or Uber ride.
- Be on the lookout for children walking on curbs, medians, and roadways.
- Extend your scanning perimeters for children by looking into yards and onto front porches.
- Keep it 5 mph below posted speed limits, be sure to obey all signals and traffic signs.
- Keep your headlights on – even in the daylight.
Halloween safety tips for parents
- Make sure your trick-or-treater is wearing reflective tape on their costumes and on their treat buckets.
- Have an adult chaperone escort and supervise children under 12.
- Teach your children to travel only in familiar areas and on known routes.
- Place a flashlight with fresh batteries facedown in the child’s treat bucket, but never shine it in the face of oncoming drivers.
- If sidewalks aren’t present, teach children to walk on the left side of the road, facing traffic.
- Instruct children to only cross streets at a corner, never mid-block or between parked vehicles.
If You’re Injured in Alaska, call Barber & Associates.
Whatever your plans for Halloween are, we hope you stay safe.
If, however, you’re injured because of someone else’s negligence, you have the right to be compensated for your injuries, medical treatment, rehab, loss of wages, etc.
That’s why we urge you to get in touch with us here at Barber & Associates.