It’s officially autumn! The air is crisp, leaves are changing color, and the folks at Springfield Traffic Tickets are getting excited for Halloween! Halloween is one of America’s favorite holidays. Kids and grown ups alike enjoy dressing up in costumes, trick or treating and parties. It is a fun and festive time. It is also one of the most dangerous times for traffic related accidents. Risks can be minimized by following some simple tips whether you will be on foot or behind the wheel this Halloween.
Stay Safe Hitting The Streets On Foot
According to a State Farm and Sperling’s Best Places report from 2012, “Halloween was the deadliest day of the year for child pedestrian accidents.” The report details that for the years 1990-2010 there was an average of 5.5 fatalities each year on October 31, which is over twice the everyday average of 2.6 fatalities. So what can you do to keep the night fun and safe for pedestrians?
- Wear bright and or reflective costumes
- Wear reflective tape on costumes and trick or treat bags
- Plan a safe route for trick or treating along well lit streets
- Use sidewalks
- Don’t cross street between parked cars
- Don’t just assume right of way, watch out for cars
- Use crosswalks
Pedestrian accidents can be reduced at Halloween by following these traffic safety tips. Just be careful and observant. Also, remember that children under 12 really need adult supervision when trick or treating or going out for the evening.
Making Safety A Priority For Motorists In Halloween Traffic
If you will be driving on Halloween evening you too can help keep the revelry safe! Caution in general is a great start. Just keep these tips in mind:
- Slow down and be extra alert in residential areas
- Exit and enter driveways and alleys with caution
- Watch for pedestrians darting into the streets
- Use your signals
Stay Sober Halloween Drivers!
There will be plenty of partygoers this Halloween, especially since this year the holiday is on a Friday. According to the National Highways Traffic Safety Administration website, “In 2011, 38% of fatalities on Halloween night occurred in a crash involving a driver or motorcyclist with a BAC of .08 or higher and 11% of those fatalities involved a pedestrian. In fact, over the 5 years for 2007-2011, 23% of pedestrian fatalities on Halloween night involved a drunk driver.” (NHTSA.gov) If you are drinking, please take a cab or have a designated driver. Our team here at Springfield Traffic Tickets wants you to have a fun, safe, and traffic ticket free Halloween!