Halloween is a meant to be a day where kids and adults can safely mock death–think zombies, vampires, ghosts, and mummies–but sadly, there is a disproportionate amount of death that actually occurs on October 31. According to data from State Farm, America’s largest car insurance provider, more children are killed on this day from accidents involving a car than any other. In fact, kids are twice as likely to be killed–5.5 deaths on Halloween versus 2.6 on an average day–according to data collected over the previous 21 years.
Unfortunately, sugar-crazed kids are out in abnormal numbers on Halloween, with their vision often impaired by masks and costumes, not to mention all the potential distractions. The “deadliest hour” was between 6:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. This is when most adults are home from work and able to take their kids out. But others are still getting home, there is generally a lot of traffic–both those returning home from work, and the first wave of trick or treaters actively making the rounds when potential candy-peddlers are home–a prime time for tots to get the good stuff. Not surprisingly, all this activity leads to an increased risk for kids to get hit. And while the 6-7:00 p.m. time slot was the deadliest, the 5-9:00 p.m. block was the highest risk four-hour period, for obvious reasons.
Don’t Just Look Both Ways at Intersections
Parents and educational organizations have hammered it into to children’s brains: be careful when crossing the street; look both ways at a stop sign or light, and when the coast is clear, you can cross. Apparently, wrapped up in the chaos of the evening (and in heavy, potentially scary or just plain cute garb), kids tend to forget all this. That includes crossing the middle of a street, away from intersections, possibly tempted by illuminated, candy-friendly homes. Not a good idea, as this is where most accidents occur. While kids are trained to be extra cautious at intersections, so too are motorists. Drivers may not think to drive extra cautiously between stop signs or lights, as this isn’t their normal behavior. Regrettably, this coupled with kids willingness to dart across the street unexpectedly, adds up to a risky proposition. If you’re going to be driving on Halloween, or taking the kids trick or treating, pay extra attention. And happy Halloween!
Source: State Farm