AAA: There’s no trick to Halloween safety

Tips to ensure Oct. 31 remains a treat for everyone

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A good scare may be part of the fun on Halloween, but not when it comes to the safety of pedestrians and motorists. AAA East Central is advising parents and motorists to take some extra precautions this year to keep everyone safe.

“Halloween can be deadly for both children and adults. There are fewer daylight hours, higher numbers of pedestrians, and motorists who are traveling to and from Halloween events,” said Theresa Podguski, director of legislative affairs, AAA East Central. “Excited trick-or-treaters are more likely to forget about safety so anyone who is celebrating the holiday needs to have a plan in place to prevent potential tragedies.”

Halloween is consistently one of the most dangerous nights of the year for children. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports that the holiday is one of the top three days for pedestrian injuries and fatalities, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates children are four times more likely to be struck by a motor vehicle than on any other day of the year.

Tips for Motorists on Halloween:

Designate a sober driver in advance. Select a designated driver or ensure that a cab, a ride-share, or car service is available. Never ride with a driver who has been drinking.

Consider an overnight stay. If attending a party at a friend’s home, consider asking to stay overnight.

Do not let impaired guests drive. If hosting a party, remind guests to plan ahead and designate a sober driver, offer alcohol-free beverages, and do not allow impaired guests to drive.

Drive at least 5 mph below the posted speed limit. According to the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety, a pedestrian is more than twice as likely to be killed if they are hit by a car traveling at 35 mph, compared to 25 mph.

Look for children walking on roadways, medians and curbs. This particularly applies during popular trick-or-treating hours, from 5:30 p.m. – 9 p.m. Use extra caution when entering or exiting driveways or alleys.

AAA East Central is a not-for-profit association with 72 local offices in Kentucky, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania and West Virginia serving 2.7 million members. News releases are available at Follow us on Twitter and Facebook.

Tips to ensure Oct. 31 remains a treat for everyone

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