Along with shopping for just the right costume for the annual trick-or-treat outing, the AAA has some words of caution for parents to help keep their children safe this Halloween.
One of the deadliest nights of the year for pedestrians – especially children, Halloween is a time when motorists and parents accompanying kids need to be vigilant.
“On Halloween, drivers need to be especially vigilant between the hours of 4 p.m. and midnight, when pedestrians are most vulnerable,” said Sharon Gilmartin, AAA research analyst. “While trick-or-treating, children may not pay attention to traffic and might cross mid-block or between parked cars, making them even more difficult to see in the dark.”
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Halloween is also a time when too many adults and young people go to costume parties and imbibe alcohol, contributing to potential tragedy on the roadways and city streets.
“Halloween has become an increasingly popular occasion for adults to host and attend parties where alcohol is frequently served. By designating a sober driver, or by choosing not to drink if driving, this holiday can remain a treat for everyone,” Gilmartin said.
By using common sense and following these safety tips, parents can help make this trick-or-treat season a memorable event – in a good way.
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