AAA Advises Motorists to be on the Lookout for Trick or Treaters

As children take to the streets on Halloween to trick-or-treat, their risk of being injured by motorists increases greatly. In fact, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports that Halloween is consistently one of the top three days for pedestrian injuries and fatalities, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that children are four times more likely to be struck by a motor vehicle on Halloween than on any other day of the year. Because excited trick-or-treaters often forget about safety, motorists and parents must be on the alert. For trick or treaters it is a good idea to reduce the risk of being hit by wearing bright colored clothing, glow belt or glow sticks. This increases your visibility and will allow drivers to more easily see you. Parents responsible for children should supervise their children at all times. Be sure that your children are safe and develop good habits when crossing the street. Motorists should watch for children on roadways, sidewalks and curbs. It is advised that you drive at least 5 mph below the speed limit in residential areas to give you more time to stop your vehicle in case a child darts in front of your vehicle.

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