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October 31 Most Dangerous Day of the Year for Child Pedestrians

Drivers need to do their part to keep trick-or-treaters safe. Remember these tips when driving on Halloween:

  • Be especially alert in residential neighborhoods.
  • Drive more slowly and anticipate heavy pedestrian traffic on and near the road.
  • Keep your full headlights on so you can spot children and families from a greater distance.
  • Take extra time to actively look for kids at intersections, on medians and on curbs. Costumes can limit children’s visibility and they may not be able to see your vehicle.
  • Remember that some costumes can affect stability and mobility of children when walking through neighborhoods.
  • Enter and exit driveways and alleys slowly and carefully.
  • Be especially careful during popular trick-or-treating hours, 5:30 to 9:30 pm.
  • Reduce any distractions inside your car so you can concentrate on the road and pedestrians.

Sylvia Scholl is the director of the WakeMed Trauma Program.