While Halloween is supposed to be all about fun costumes and treats for kids, far too often the celebration is turned into a nightmare by a fatal pedestrian accident.
In fact, AAA says Halloween is the deadliest night of the entire year for pedestrians.
The auto club urges drivers and pedestrians in La Crosse and across the nation to exercise special caution tonight.
Of course, as is the case with virtually all holidays, police officers will make extra patrols and conduct sobriety checkpoints to try to deter people who've had too much to drink from getting behind the wheels of their vehicles.
AAA has a number of useful tips for drivers and pedestrians to keep Halloween safe for everyone:
- Avoid shortcuts. Drivers should whenever possible avoid using shortcuts through neighborhoods where trick-or-treaters are most likely to be trekking around in costumes. Also, the auto club asks drivers to keep an eye out for pedestrians (some of whom might be quite young and small and dressed in dark costumes) and avoid distractions while driving.
- Watch for kids. Tonight, children will be out everywhere: on streets, sidewalks, driveways, medians and curbs, moving from one to the other in their excitement over holiday treats. They might not be paying as much attention as they should; please pay extra attention on their behalf.
- Go slow. A pedestrian is more than twice as likely to be killed when they're hit by a vehicle going 35 mph rather than 25 mph. That 10 mph difference can be the difference between life and death for a pedestrian hit by a car.
- Stay together. Parents are urged to go out with their trick-or-treaters to help keep everyone safe.
We hope everyone enjoys a harmless, happy Halloween.
Source: ABC News: "Halloween is the deadliest night for pedestrians," Oct. 25, 2011