The DC Metro Area Personal Injury Law Blog recently posted an article on the Halloween hazards that young children face every year. This Halloween falls on a Friday, condensing all the party-going and trick or treating to one or two nights, instead of spread out over a week. Because there will be a much larger number of people out that may be participating in raucous activities, it is important that people of all ages keep safety in mind. The following are some great facts and tips on how, and why, to keep safe this Halloween, found in a AAA article.
“”When Halloween falls during the middle of the work week, parties and events are spread out over several days to include the weekend,” said Beth Mosher, spokeswoman for AAA Chicago. “With Halloween on a Friday this year, most festivities are expected to take place that evening putting a large number of adult partygoers on the road the same night as trick-or-treaters.” Two out of three adults ages 18 to 24 plan to throw or attend a Halloween party this year, according to the National Retail Federation, and 93 percent of children are expected to go trick-or-treating reports the National Confectioners Association. “Unfortunately we also see a sharp rise in the number of motor vehicle fatalities on Halloween when it is on a weekend, so it’s critical for both motorists and pedestrians to take extra caution and make sure this is a safe and happy Halloween for everyone,” said Mosher. The number of motor vehicle fatalities on Halloween rises an average of 30 percent to 151 deaths when October 31 is on a Friday, Saturday or Sunday, compared to other days of the week, according to data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). AAA suggests partygoers and trick-or-treaters reduce their risk of being involved in a motor vehicle crash by doing some advance planning.
AAA offers an in-depth list of Halloween safety tips for motorists, parents and kids online at AAA.com/PublicAffairs. AAA Chicago has represented roadway interests for motorists and pedestrians and serves as a leading advocate for various traffic safety and travel-related issues for more than a century. For more information on any aspect of AAA Chicago’s breadth of service including AAA’s home, auto and life insurance products; travel-related services, AAA’s Show Your Card & Save program; and/or any AAA membership service including emergency roadside assistance, please visit our Web site at www.AAA.com or call us toll-free at 1-866-YOUR-AAA (968-7222). ”
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