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AAA Offers Fairfield Residents Halloween Safety Tips

AAA offers trick-or-treaters young and old tips to stay safe this Halloween.
AAA offers trick-or-treaters young and old tips to stay safe this Halloween. Photo Credit: File

FAIRFIELD COUNTY, Conn. – Fairfield County residents are reminded to beware of the most deadly night for pedestrians – Halloween night, says AAA.

Nearly 40 percent of fatal crashes nationally on Halloween night involve a drunk driver, one-third of those crash fatalities involve a pedestrian and fatal injuries nearly double when the holiday falls on a Thursday, Friday or Saturday, as it does this year.

On Halloween, motorists need to be especially vigilant between the hours of 4 p.m. and midnight, when pedestrians are most vulnerable. As a result, AAA Northeast advises drivers to slow down to watch for trick-or-treaters who may cross between parked cars or mid-block.

Because Halloween has evolved into a popular adult holiday, AAA also recommends party-going adults designate a sober driver to take them home at the end of the night.

To help make the roads safer this Halloween, AAA offers these tips:

  • Watch for children: Excited trick-or-treaters, often in dark costumes, may not pay attention to traffic and cross mid-block or between parked cars.
  • Slow down: According to the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety, the faster you go, the more apt a driver is to hit a pedestrian. That walker is twice as likely to be killed if they’re hit by a car traveling at 35 mph compared to one traveling at 25 mph.
  • Drive sober: Alcohol-impaired drivers comprise about one-third of all motor vehicle deaths. This translates into an average of one death every 45 minutes.

A few simple steps also can help parents keep their trick-or-treaters safe:

  • Trick-or-treat together: AAA recommends parents accompany children at least until the age of 12.
  • Make a plan: Review safety precautions and plan your route. Remind children never to cross the street mid-block or between parked cars.
  • Check costumes: Choose disguises that don't obstruct vision; opt for non-toxic face paint instead of masks. Adjust the length of costumes to avoid tripping and add reflective material or tape to keep kids visible.
  • Buckle up: If driving trick-or-treaters between neighborhoods, use appropriate car seats and have children exit and enter on the passenger side of the vehicle.

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