All Hallows’ Eve is upon us and Canadian neighbourhoods are about to be filled with all manner of unusual creatures. But it isn’t just ghouls and demogorgans to watch out for, Halloween is one of the most dangerous days of the year for pedestrians, especially children. If you are planning to celebrate October 31st trick-or-treating with your kids or attending a costume party with your friends, below are some safety tips to help keep you and your loved ones safe.
Halloween Safety For Pedestrians – Stay Visible
Most motor vehicle-pedestrian collisions occur between dusk and midnight. Be sure that you can see cars and that they can see you. Dark clothing and poor visibility put pedestrians at risk even when they are obeying all traffic laws. A bright costume is ideal but if you or your kids relish the dark and macabre, wear a light or reflective tape to cue drivers to your presence. Additionally, five little witches are more noticeable than one.
Travelling in groups makes you and your children more visible to motorists. Lastly, make sure you are aware of your surroundings and that your mobility isn’t impeded by your outfit. Ensure that you won’t trip over your costume and be aware that masks can substantially limit your field of vision.
Use Sidewalks and Crosswalks
About one third of pedestrian death occur when pedestrians cross the street mid-block. Although your kids might be tempted to zig-zag across the streets from one haunted house to the next, keeping to the sidewalk and using crosswalks can greatly reduce the risk of being hit by a motor vehicle. It is especially risky to cross the road from between parked cars where you and the shorter members of your goblin brood may be hard for drivers to see.
Motorists:Avoid Residential Streets
If at all possible, keep out of neighbourhoods or streets with a high volume of trick-or-treaters. A greater number of pedestrians, and young pedestrians in particular, increases the risk of driving accidents. If you do need to drive through a busy trick-or-treat corridor, be sure to use extra caution. Over 40% of fatal pedestrian-car accidents occur at speeds of 50 km/h and under so leave yourself lots of time on the 31st to drive extra slow to wherever you are going. Expect the unexpected from little wizards. Excited costumed kids are not necessarily paying attention to traffic and might give you the worst kind of scare by unexpectedly taking to the road.
Never Drink and Drive
Plan a way home before you head to a festive party with friends, family, or coworkers. RIDE programs will be in high effect October 31st to ensure everyone can enjoy Halloween safely.
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