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San Diego Injury Lawyer Offers Halloween Safety Tips

As Halloween approaches, it is a good idea to talk to your little ghosts, princesses, and super heroes about pedestrian safety. While the holiday is one of the most fun for children, it can also be dangerous. According to the latest statistics, twice as many young pedestrians are killed on Halloween compared to other days of the year.

Walking Safety Tips for Children

Adult supervision is one of the best ways to avoid a pedestrian accident. For children who are old enough to trick-or-treat on their own, it is important to reiterate the importance of being alert and cautious, particularly in busy areas. With this in mind, we would like to share the following tips from Safe Kids Worldwide:

  • Cross the street at corners, using traffic signals and crosswalks.
  • Look left, right and left again when crossing and keep looking as you cross.
  • Put electronic devices down and keep heads up and walk, don’t run, across the street.
  • Make eye contact with drivers before crossing in front of them.
  • Always walk on sidewalks or paths. If there are no sidewalks, walk facing traffic as far to the left as possible.
  • Watch for cars that are turning or backing up. Never dart out into the street or cross between parked cars.

Driving Safety Tips for Adults

Drivers must also do their part to help children stay safe. Since Halloween falls on a Saturday this year, the sidewalks and roadways should be particularly busy. Popular trick-or-treating hours in many San Diego communities are from 5:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m., so drivers should expect to see a lot of children and exercise caution. Here are a few other tips:

  • Slow down and be especially alert in residential neighborhoods. Take extra time to look for kids at intersections, on medians and on curbs.
  • Enter and exit driveways and alleys slowly and carefully.
  • Eliminate any distractions inside your car so you can concentrate on the road and your surroundings.
  • Drive slowly, anticipate heavy pedestrian traffic and turn your headlights on earlier in the day to spot children from greater distances.