HALLOWEEN 2019: STAY SAFE OUT THERE
Kayla Smith, Student Reporter
Halloween night is full of fun, kid-friendly activities, but there are a few precautions families can take to keep their young trick-or-treaters safe.
Children face a particular risk from traffic on Halloween.
According to data from the national highway traffic safety administration, children are three times more likely to be struck and killed by a car on Halloween night than any other day of the year.
Parents should keep in mind these safety tips:
- Accompany young children.
- Walk on sidewalks whenever possible.
- Attach reflective tape to children’s costumes.
- Have children carry a flashlight.
The Tuscaloosa Police Department warns that distracted driving is especially dangerous on Halloween.
“Be observant of everything that’s around you because a lot of kids might not be accompanied by a parent or an older sibling or adult,” said Lt. Teena Richardson. “So, we want everyone to drive cautiously and be aware that there are kids out trick or treating.”
Dusk is the most dangerous time to be on the road. On Halloween night, the sun will set at 6 p.m.