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In the five years from 2007 to 2011, 23 percent of pedestrian fatalities on Halloween night involved a drunk driver, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
"This is a night we have to be more mindful of safety
and protecting our kids—from constant supervision to planning your route to
taking your cellphones and flashlights," said Beverly Losman, program
manager of injury prevention at Children's Healthcare of Atlanta and director
of Safe Kids Georgia. "It's also important to be safety-conscious with
costumes—reflective tape costs pennies at a hardware store."
Here are tips on trying to keep your kids safe on Halloween from Safe Kids.Org:
Cross the street at corners using traffic signals and crosswalks.
Look left, right and left
again when crossing. Keep looking as you cross.
Put electronic devices down
and keep heads up and walk, don't run, across the street.
Teach children to make eye
contact with drivers before crossing in front of them.
Always walk on sidewalks or
paths. If there are no sidewalks, walk facing traffic as far to the left as
possible. Children should walk on direct routes with the fewest street
Watch for cars that are
turning or backing up. Teach children to never dart out into the street or
cross between parked cars.
Trick-or-treat with an adult
Children under the age of 12
should not be alone at night without adult supervision. If kids are mature
enough to be out without supervision, they should stick to familiar areas that
are well lit and trick-or-treat in groups.
Keep costumes both creative and safe
Decorate costumes and bags
with reflective tape or stickers and, if possible, choose light colors.
Choose face paint and makeup
whenever possible instead of masks, which can obstruct a child's vision.
Have kids carry glow sticks
or flashlights to help them see and be seen by drivers.
When selecting a costume,
make sure it is the right size to prevent trips and falls.
Drive extra safely on Halloween
Slow down and be especially
alert in residential neighborhoods. Children are excited on Halloween and may
move in unpredictable ways.
Take extra time to look for
kids at intersections, on medians and on curbs.
Enter and exit driveways and
alleys slowly and carefully.
Eliminate any distractions
inside your car so you can concentrate on the road and your surroundings.
Drive slowly, anticipate
heavy pedestrian traffic and turn your headlights on earlier in the day to spot
children from greater distances.
hours are 5:30 to 9:30 p.m., so be especially alert for kids during those