CHICOPEE, Mass. (WWLP) – Halloween is Friday and that means the roads will be full of trick-or-treaters traveling from house to house. However, trick or treating in the dark could become a recipe for disaster.
The AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety said Halloween is the deadliest night for pedestrians. To stay safe, they recommend staying with your child at all times, with a route already mapped out.
Flashlights, glow sticks, and reflective tape will enhance visibility for drivers passing by. If your child is heading out with friends, remind them to look both ways before crossing the street, and to stay on sidewalks.
Many drivers don’t even realize how dangerous the night can be. “I was definitely more careful going around on News Years, but if it’s Halloween, that’s a little disheartening because we have a lot of people on the side of the road, kind of like two way traffic on either side of the road, but I know I’ll be more careful,” Lisa Lawrence of Blanford said.
For drivers, AAA said to take it slow. A car driving 30 miles per hour is twice as likely to kill a pedestrian compared to 25 miles per hour. Also, avoid distractions like cell phone use, and keep an eye out for trick or treaters.
If your child is heading out alone, certain apps will GPS their location for you. Below is a list of apps that can help: