Halloween safety tips for pedestrians

In a couple of weeks, children across Tennessee will don their carefully selected costumes and descend on residential neighborhoods in search of candy and other loot. While Halloween is widely regarded as an exciting and fun evening for kids of all ages, parents would be wise to take steps to protect their little trick or treaters from being involved in a pedestrian and car accident.

Dark or diminished daylight conditions coupled with kids in search of a sugar high can be a recipe for disaster on Halloween. Prior to heading out trick-or-treating, parents and children would be wise to review the following safety tips.

  • When possible, cross the street at crosswalks or intersections
  • Wear some type of reflective material or carry a flashlight
  • Always look both ways before crossing the street and don't assume you are visible to drivers 
  • Trick or treat in neighborhoods with sidewalks and always walk on the sidewalks
  • Avoid wearing masks or other head coverings that may obscure one's vision

Drivers who are traveling through residential neighborhoods on Halloween night are advised to be extremely cautious when doing so. In addition to driving slowly, drivers should ensure they remain focused and don't get distracted by the crowds of trick or treaters or Halloween decorations. 

Car accidents involving pedestrians frequently result in an individual suffering serious and debilitating injuries. Broken bones, back injuries and traumatic brain injuries are all commonly suffered by pedestrians who are victims of motor vehicle accidents. These types of injuries are often life-altering and may result in an individual suffering permanent disabilities or reduced cognitive functioning. 

Source: U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, “Halloween Health and Safety Tips,” accessed October 14, 2014. 

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