Halloween Night Poses Hidden Hazards and Over 100 Fatalities

National Safety Council urges families to be seen on Halloween.

Itasca, IL – In 2016, 107 people died on the roads the night of Oct. 31, and 21% of those killed were pedestrians, according to NSC analysis of NHTSA FARS data. October is the second deadliest month on the roads, according to NSC Injury Facts. With crowds of trick-or-treaters expected in neighborhoods around the country, caution is urged for all out on the roads during the upcoming Halloween holiday.

Most crash-related fatalities for pedestrians occur when it is dark, according to NHTSA, and pedestrian fatalities spike during Halloween night in particular. Increased pedestrian traffic, alcohol consumption, lower visibility from costumes and masks, as well as shorter daylight hours, increase the risk.

To help ensure safety, the National Safety Council recommends the following safety tips for both drivers and trick-or-treaters: 

  • Avoid masks, which can obstruct vision
  • A responsible adult should accompany young children
  • All pedestrians should keep heads up and avoid running across the street
  • Keep trick-or-treaters visible with reflective tape or glow sticks on costumes and bags
  • Watch for children, and enter and exit driveways and alleys carefully
  • Always drive attentively and disconnect from your cell phone, even hands-free
  • Designate an alcohol- and drug-free driver or arrange alternate transportation
  • Discourage new, inexperienced drivers from driving on Halloween

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