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Tips on keeping child pedestrians safe on Halloween


Posted on behalf of Michael D'Amico of D'Amico & Pettinicchi, LLC on Oct 17, 2014 in Pedestrian Accidents

As many parents of children are well aware, Halloween is one of their favorite days of the year. For many children, the excitement tied to picking a costume, dressing up and heading out to get candy makes it a day that is looked forward to for weeks and sometimes even months in advance. Unfortunately with so many young children running around in the dark, the evening can be dangerous as well as drivers are not accustomed to a large amount of children running through the neighborhood.

There are steps that both pedestrians as well as drivers can take to reduce the risk of an accident occurring.

Drivers need to be careful when navigating roads when trick or treating is going on. They should be aware of the possibility that children dressed in dark colors might unexpectedly dart into their path. Turning headlights on earlier than you otherwise might, could make it easier to see kids who are in the distance.

Trick or treaters can do their part to stay safe as well. For example, before crossing the street, they should look both ways twice and always cross at corners where crosswalks and traffic signals are present. When possible, kids should utilize sidewalks to get from house to house. In addition, parents should accompany children under the age of 12.

While lawsuits following pedestrian accidents sometimes provide the compensation an injured person needs to move forward, most would probably agree that it is best to avoid accidents of these types altogether. Working together both drivers and pedestrians can make streets throughout the state of Connecticut safe for everyone.

Source: Safe Kids, “Halloween Safety: A National Survey of Parents’ Knowledge, Attitudes, and Behaviors", Accessed Oct. 16, 2014