DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) — Children are four times more likely to be hit by a car on Halloween than any other day of the year, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
Police say the concern is that traffic on Halloween goes on as normal, but little ghosts and goblins are darting from house to house not paying attention to intersections. That’s why officials say drivers need to be extra alert.
It might be hard with a costume, but officials say light-colored clothing is best. You want drivers to be able to see your child. Officials say you might also want to invest in glow sticks, flashlights, or reflective tape.
“You need to teach your kids that just because they see a car that doesn’t mean the driver sees them,” says personal safety expert Dan Starks.
Police say when buying a costume, make sure it’s tailored to your child’s size and not too long. This will prevent them from tripping and falling while they are running from house to house. If your child is going to be wearing a mask, make sure he or she can see out of it. Otherwise, face paint is a good alternative.
If you’re driving while trick-or-treaters hit the streets, police say slow down to at least five miles an hour under the speed limit, use high beams, and stay off your phone.
“It’s a different night because there’s more pedestrians; there’s more walkers out than any other night,” states Kettering Police Sergeant Doug Gaudette. “So part of the problem is that people driving through the neighborhoods, they can’t help but look left and right and enjoy watching the kids and their funny costumes. But as they’re looking left and right doing that, there’s kids crossing the street in front of them.”
Police also say it’s a good idea not to park on the street that night. That way vehicles aren’t obstructing the views of drivers or trick-or-treaters.
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