10 Halloween Safety Tips for a Boo-tiful Night

AAA urges caution on the deadliest night of the year for pedestrians 

 

Phoenix, Oct. 23, 2012. It’s no trick: Halloween is the deadliest night of the year for pedestrians, according to the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety. As a result, AAA is urging motorists and pedestrians to take the “f” out of fright and make Halloween the right night for fun and safety.
 

“On Halloween night, it’s important that adults maintain vigilance with safety, as kids are often distracted by the excitement of the night,” said Linda Gorman, director of communications and public affairs for AAA Arizona. “As an advocate for the safety of all road users, AAA urges motorists and pedestrians to use extra caution and celebrate responsibly.”
 

To help make roadways safer this Halloween, AAA is urging drivers to take the following five precautions:
 

  • Slow down. A pedestrian is more than twice as likely to be killed if they’re hit by a car traveling at 35 mph compared to 25 mph, according to the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety.
     
  • Buckle up. If driving trick-or-treaters, always use appropriate car and booster seats and have children exit and enter on the passenger side of the vehicle. Do not make exceptions for large or bulky costumes.
     
  • Keep watch. Drivers should look for children walking on streets, driveways, medians and curbs. Excited trick-or-treaters, often in dark costumes, may have reduced visibility, may not pay attention to traffic and cross mid-block or between parked cars.
     
  • Get home safe. If your plans involve drinking alcohol, plan ahead to get home safely.  If that plan falls through, AAA’s Tipsy Tow is available to provide a free tow and ride home for the driver, one passenger and their vehicle up to 10 miles in Arizona for free. Service will begin at 6 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 27 and run through 6 a.m. Sunday, Oct. 28.
     
  • Avoid distractions, including text messaging and cell phone use, in order to keep 100 percent of your focus on safe driving.
     

To keep little ghouls and goblins safe, AAA would also like to offer the following five tips to parents and caregivers:
 

  • Trick-or-treat together. Parents or caregivers should accompany young trick-or-treaters. Make a plan by mapping out the route ahead of time.
     
  • Stay visible. Have each child carry or wear something lit, such as a flashlight, glow stick, or reflective tape in order to enhance visibility.
     
  • Be costume smart. Avoid costumes that drag, and carry flexible props. Too-long costumes can pose a tripping hazard. Props such as swords and knives should be carried in a way that will not pose an injury hazard in the event of a fall.
     
  • Think twice about masks. Masks can restrict breathing and obscure vision, creating safety hazard to trick-or-treaters. If your child’s costume includes a mask, consider cutting larger openings around the nose and mouth as well as the eye areas. Or, as a safer bet, skip the mask altogether and instead opt for a face full of costume makeup.
     
  • Discuss safety with kids. It’s easy for kids to get caught up in the excitement of trick-or-treating and forget about safety. Before setting out on Halloween night, discuss safety rules. This discussion should highlight the importance of sidewalk use and crossing the street safely.  
     

In keeping with the Halloween spirit, AAA branch offices will be giving away goodie bags on a first-come, first-served basis to members starting Oct. 25. Visit az.aaa.com/membership/offices to locate the AAA office near you.
 

For additional tips to keep Halloween safe, including tips for parents and trick-or-treaters, visit AAA.com/trafficsafety.

AAA Arizona, the Arizona affiliate of AAA, provides automotive, insurance and travel services to more than 825,000 Arizona members. Annually, AAA’s Roadside Assistance responds to more than 450,000 calls for help on Arizona roadways. The auto club also provides insurance, travel, auto repair, discounts and financial services to AAA members. Since its founding in 1927, AAA Arizona has been a leading advocate for the safety and security of all travelers.