An approximate 41.1 million children will trick-or-treat this year on Halloween and while Halloween is a time to forge long lasting memories, it is also one of the most dangerous times in the year for children walking. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), in 2016, there were an approximate 7,330 pedestrian involved fatalities on our roadways, with nearly three quarters of those accidents being reported to have occurred at night. With children twice as likely to become victim of a fatal pedestrian accident while walking on Halloween and with pedestrian fatalities at their highest in 26 years, we must be ever vigilant in promoting safe habits among our trick-or-treaters as well as our drivers.
We have compiled a list from the below sources to help our trick-or-treaters to stay safe while walking on Halloween this year. Please note that this is not an exclusive list of safety measures to take on Halloween and simply provides suggestions to promote your safety, but we hope that it helps! Be seen and stay safe this Halloween from our family to yours!
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