Halloween Safety for Pedestrians, Bicyclists, and Motorists
LIBERTY, October 22, 2014 – Halloween means children getting outdoors to enjoy treats, fun, and games. Although Halloween comes before the change back to Standard Time this year, the days are getting shorter, and the nights are getting longer. With shorter days comes more night driving. Because nighttime driving is more dangerous, it requires extra attention from motorists, as well as pedestrians and bicyclists.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports that nearly two-thirds of all fatal pedestrian crashes and almost one-fourth of fatal bicycle crashes occur in low-light or dark conditions. According to Safe Kids, on average, children are more than twice as likely to be hit by a car and killed on Halloween than on any other day of the year.
That’s why Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service agent Alexis Cordova, Liberty County reminds you of the following safety tips to keep in mind during Halloween and all year long.
Tips for Motorists
Slow down. Watch for children walking on roads, medians, and curbs. Enter and exit driveways carefully.
Adults should accompany children at all times and supervise their “trick or treat” activities.
Before crossing a street, stop at the curb or edge of the road and look left, right, and left again to be sure no cars are coming. Continue to check for traffic while on the street.