Safety for Trick-or-Treaters and Other Pedestrians

October, November and December are the scariest time of the year for pedestrians in Montgomery County, including trick-or-treaters. Pedestrian collisions typically spike  by nearly 40 percent during those months, and Halloween is the deadliest day of the year for your trick-or-treaters. The number of children who get hit by cars on Halloween is more than double the average on other days of the year.

Both drivers and children out trick-or-treating need to pay extra attention to prevent such tragedies.

Trick-or-treaters should be able to see clearly through their masks and wear clothing that is clearly visible to drivers. Wearing bright colors, blinking lights and/or a reflective vest and carrying a flashlight all help. And, of course, they should be reminded to look left, right and then left again before crossing the street at a corner, preferably where there’s a crosswalk. General safety tips for drivers on Halloween include slowing down and eliminating distractions such as cellphone conversations, including those with hands-free devices.

After daylight savings time ends early Sunday morning, November 3, more of our commuting time will be done in the dark. According to federal safety officials, 70 percent of pedestrian fatalities happen during the nighttime hours. To prevent that, drivers and pedestrians need to watch out for each other. The county’s pedestrian safety blogspot has several recommendations for both.

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