In a study published by JAMA Pediatrics Journal, approximately 43% more pedestrians die on Halloween night than any other night of the year. Why?

Fall nights bring on darkness sooner, more people are out and about on Halloween night, and trick-or-treaters have the job of literally scrounging the streets where cars commute, to travel door-to-door and collect their prize.

With more and more people tech-ing and driving, comes greater distraction. On a night like Halloween – the distraction is even greater with drivers accessing their phones to get directions, communicate plans with others, and intoxicated driving.

To ensure all party-goers and candy-snatchers make it home safely, it’s up to everyone to increase awareness and ensure safety. See SAFE 2 SAVE’s tips below:

For Pedestrians + Trick-or-Treaters:

·         Trick or treat in large groups that are easily noticed

·         Stay in gated communities or areas where the roads are closed to thru traffic

·         Wear bright colors and costumes which are highly visible

·         Trick or treat early, before dark, when roads are less crowded and visibility is high

·         Wear safety reflectors or incorporate reflective strips into costumes

·         Carry flashlights, glow sticks or other light-emitting objects

·         Do not consume alcohol if you are a parent and keep children close at all times

For Drivers:

·         Keep your attention on the road at all times

·         Do not text + drive, drink + drive, or use any other technology while behind the wheel

·         Pull over if you need to manage children in your vehicle. Do not turn around to look in the back seat while driving

·         Continually scan the sides of the roads + sidewalks for pedestrians

·         Practice defensive driving and expect pedestrians to “dart out”

·         Reduce your speed considerably in areas with high pedestrian traffic

·         Be aware of the traffic and objects on all four sides of your vehicle + stay on “high alert”

Distracted driving is not a superstition, it is a real issue facing our communities. SAFE 2 SAVE hopes you rock your best costume, collect the most candy, and make it home safely without a scare.