Halloween – The Scariest Holiday?

Gretna Public School Supply Drive
July 6, 2019

Halloween – The Scariest Holiday?

Here’s a scary statistic: Children are more than twice as likely to be hit by a car and killed on Halloween than on any other day of the year.

In 2017, 7,450 pedestrians died in traffic or non-traffic incidents, according to Injury Facts… 18% of those were at night. Non-traffic incidents include those occurring on driveways, in parking lots or on private property. October ranked number 2 in motor vehicle deaths at 3,700, only behind July.

Be safe. Be seen. Wear reflective clothing, glow sticks, or carry a flashlight. Avoid masks, which can obstruct vision, and always keep younger kids with an adult!

Drivers, we can all do well to be aware, especially on Halloween:

  • Watch for children walking on roadways, medians and curbs
  • Enter and exit driveways and alleys carefully
  • At twilight and later in the evening, watch for children in dark clothing
  • Parents – discourage new, inexperienced drivers from driving on Halloween

 

Let’s all stay safe and enjoy the holiday together!

 

(the bulk of these facts were drawn from the National Safety Council)