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Halloween Safety Tips for Drivers

Trick-or-treating is a Halloween tradition here in San Diego and across the country. However, the combination of dark roads and children decked in costumes can be a dangerous combination and can often lead to child injuries.

In fact, the CDC reports that the number of deaths among young pedestrians (ages 5-14) is four times higher on Halloween evening than any other night of the year.

With this in mind, it is imperative that drivers use extra caution when navigating busy streets on Halloween. Below are a few tips to keep in mind:

  • Drive slowly, and don’t pass stopped vehicles. The driver might be dropping off children.
  • Park your mobile phone. Avoid distractions by waiting until you’ve stopped to call, text, or surf the Internet.
  • Watch for children darting into the street. Kids can cross the street anywhere, and most young pedestrian deaths happen at spots other than intersections.
  • Yield to young pedestrians. Children might not stop, either because they don’t see your vehicle approaching or don’t know how to safely cross the street.
  • Communicate with other drivers. Always use your turn signals. And if you have to pull over to drop off or pick up your kids, turn on your hazard lights.