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Halloween Horrors: Trick-or-Treaters Too Often Victims
of Distracted, Drunk Drivers
Oct. 29, 2018 – A good scare is good fun on Halloween, but not when it comes to safe driving and child pedestrian safety. Children are more than twice as likely to be hit by a car and killed on Halloween than any other day of the year, according to Safe Kids Worldwide. Excited trick-or-treaters often forget about safety, so drivers, party-goers and parents must be even more alert, AAA Oklahoma’s Leslie Gamble, public affairs manager, cautions.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reports that Halloween is consistently one of the top three days of the year for pedestrian injuries and fatalities.
“With an increased risk of pedestrian crashes on Halloween night, AAA Oklahoma urges parents to take the time to make trick-or-treaters and their costumes safer and more visible to motorists,” said Gamble. “In addition, motorists must eliminate distractions, slow down and watch for children, as well as have a completely sober designated driver if drinking is part of a Halloween celebration.”
Tragically, Halloween drunk-driving fatalities are on the rise. From 2012-16 there were 168 drunk driving fatalities nationwide on Halloween night. During that period 44 percent of all people killed in motor vehicle crashes on Halloween night were in crashes involving a drunk driver, according to NHTSA statistics. Children out trick-or-treating and those accompanying them are also at risk, as 14 percent of pedestrian fatalities on Halloween night involved drunk drivers. Younger people are most at risk: The 21- to 34-year-old age group accounted for the most fatalities (46 percent) in drunk-driving crashes on Halloween night in 2016.
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