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10 tips to keep your trick-or-treaters safe this Halloween

Young people might think that witches, goblins or ghosts are their biggest concern on Halloween night, but in reality it's drunk and distracted drivers. With Halloween on a Saturday this year, there will be an even greater number of drunk and distracted drivers on the roadways putting trick-or-treaters in harm's way.

The scary facts

Kids are four times as likely to be fatally struck by a motor vehicle on Halloween night compared to any other night of the year, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), more than a quarter of all pedestrian fatalities on Halloween night in 2013 involved a drunk driver.

In addition to drunk driving, distracted driving is an ever-increasing problem in Oklahoma and the rest of the United States. Countless fatal pedestrians are caused by drivers who are paying attention to something other than the road, and this will be another serious threat to pedestrians on Halloween night.

What you can do

All of these scary facts aren't to say that you should keep your trick-or-treaters home this year. Instead, parents can take steps to keep their kids safe, such as these 10 tips from Safe Kids Worldwide:

  1. Only cross the street at corners, using traffic signals and crosswalks.
  2. Before crossing, kids should look right, left and right again. Then, keep watching for cars while crossing.
  3. Children should put away electronic devices, and make eye-contact with drivers before crossing.
  4. Walk, don't run, across the street.
  5. Stay on sidewalks and paths and out of the roadways.
  6. Parents should find routes with the fewest number of street crossings.
  7. Be especially careful of cars that are backing up or turning, who may not see you.
  8. Parents should trick-or-treat with their children under 12 to supervise.
  9. Make sure costumes do not obstruct vision or create fall hazards.
  10. Have children wear reflective tape and carry flashlights to help drivers see them.

If an accident should occur, remember to seek medical attention immediately and call an experienced attorney in your area who can make sure your rights are protected.

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