The official time for trick-or-treating in the city of Alexandria, LA this year is Monday, October 31 from 5 p.m. – 9 p.m. This means many children will be out and about, darting in and out of driveways in hopes of filling up their bags up with oodles of yummy candy.
Here at our Alexandria, LA law firm, we are devoted to keeping our Louisiana families safe — not only on Halloween, but on every day of the year.
To stress the importance of safety during Halloween, here are some statistics from Safe Kids Worldwide that are downright frightening:
- Over double the number of child pedestrian fatalities are seen on Halloween as compared to other days of the year.
- Only 37 percent of children use a flashlight during Halloween.
- Only 18 percent use reflective striping or tape on their costumes.
- Twenty percent of parents allow their child to wear a loose or baggy costume.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that children are four times more likely to be struck by a motorist on Halloween than on any other day of the year.
These scary statistics highlight the fact that both drivers and trick-or-treaters need to practice Halloween safety tips when driving or walking. Because trick-or-treaters are so excited about Halloween, parents and motorists must be even more alert than usual.
While we certainly don’t want to spoil all the spooky and scary fun, we think it’s important to point out a few tips to ensure that our Alexandria community has a smooth Halloween night. With this in mind, please help to make this a safe Halloween for one and all by reviewing these 12 Halloween driving safety tips.
12 Tips for Driving Safely on Halloween
- Be extremely aware and cautious while driving during the peak 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. trick-or-treat times.
- Drive slowly in all residential areas and be on the lookout for pedestrians, both adults and children.
- Obey all traffic signs.
- Watch for children and parents exiting a driveway, particularly driveways that are tucked away or not visible due to a bend in the road or shrubbery.
- Pay special attention to intersections and crosswalks where children or other pedestrians might be crossing.
- Do not drink and drive if you are attending a Halloween party. Arrange for a dedicated driver or utilize a taxi or a ride-sharing service like Über. If you’re hosting a party, ensure your guests are not intoxicated and driving. When you mix a favorite party night for grownups with masses of kids out and about on the streets, it has the potential to be a dangerous combination.
- Be on the lookout for drunk drivers.
- Do not pass stopped vehicles which may be picking up or dropping off children
- Put on your headlights, even if it isn’t dark yet.
- Keep the radio off when driving.
- Put on your car’s hazard’s lights to alert other motorists if you are dropping off or picking up children.
- Inform your child to never get into another stranger’s car as child predators, sex offenders, and child abductors might be looking for victims.
Last, it goes without saying: Do not text and drive on Halloween night… or any time for that matter.
Whether you are driving or walking, there is plenty you can do to make sure you and the children in the Alexandria, LA community have the safest Halloween night possible.