Halloween is just around the corner, and for many people, that means pumpkin-flavored everything, parties, costumes, and candy. But while Halloween may be a time of fun and celebration for many, it can also be a time of danger. A recent study found that Halloween is one of the most dangerous days of the year for pedestrians.
A 2019 research study found that Halloween night is the most dangerous night for pedestrians. Their risk of being struck by a car is much more significant as compared to other nights of the year. The study was conducted by medical experts from the University of British Columbia.
The CDC's 1997 research confirms what many parents have long suspected: Halloween is a dangerous night for trick-or-treating children. The study found that pedestrian deaths among children increased by 400 percent on Halloween evening when compared to the rest of the year.
The reason for the fatalities is pretty simple: more people walking around at night means an increased risk of being struck by a vehicle. The most vulnerable pedestrians, children, filled with the excitement of Halloween will run from house to house with little concern for their own safety. So if you're driving on Halloween night, be sure to take extra precautions and drive slowly through residential neighborhoods. And if you're out trick-or-treating, make sure to stay alert and watch out for cars.
The research continues to raise awareness of the problem. While it is important to promote safety, abolishing trick-or-treating is not the answer. Instead, healthcare workers, policymakers and parents should work together to make residential streets safer for pedestrians on Halloween and throughout the year. By taking these steps, we can make Halloween a safe and fun holiday for everyone.