Halloween Safety Tips

Halloween Safety Tips

Halloween weekend ranks as the third busiest weekend of the year for child/car accidents and pedestrian/car accidents.

Halloween is approaching fast, and with all the excitement of trick-or-treating in the air, essential road safety precautions are sometimes overlooked. Now is an important time to remind drivers and parents to be on the look out for our little ghosts, goblins, Marvel superheroes and Disney princesses.

According to Statistics Canada, Canada Day long-weekend ranks as the number one busiest weekend for child/ pedestrian car accidents. Following closely behind in second place is the Civic Day long-weekend. Lastly, Halloween weekend ranks in as the third busiest weekend of the year for child/pedestrian car accidents. The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration reports that children are almost three times more likely to be involved in fatal car accidents walking on Halloween night that any other night of the year.

Driving Safety Tips for Halloween

Most child/pedestrian car accidents occur when trick-or-treaters are prowling the streets and going door-to-door between 5 p.m.- 9p.m. For drivers, be aware of children on the sidewalk when entering or exiting the driveway. On this spook-filled night in particular, consider driving half of the speed limit. Also, be cautious of children at crosswalks and children crossing the road from in between parked cars. Most fatal child/pedestrian car accidents happen in areas other than at major intersections and crosswalks.

Parent Safety Tips for Halloween

Parents can also give drivers a hand in keeping our little ones safe. Parents consider using face paint instead of masks to ensure a clear and unobstructed view. Consider buying bright colored costumes, attaching a few pieces of light-reflecting tape and using glow sticks. As well, be mindful of long costumes, flammable or excessive fabrics that may cause a trip or fire hazard.

Halloween & Drunk Driving Accidents

Furthermore, the Ontario Ministry of Transportation reports that 25% of Halloween night car fatalities are a result of impaired drivers. Statistics Canada reports that there was a 32% increase in Criminal Code traffic violations of impaired and dangerous driving during the Halloween weekend in 2010. As an annual tradition, local police divisions will be implementing the R.I.D.E (Reduce Impaired Driving Everywhere) program for the Halloween weekend. The program aims to thoroughly monitor the streets and highways for impaired drivers. Section 48.3(1) of the Highway Traffic Act 1990 outlines that those caught under the influence of more than 0.08 blood alcohol concentration (BAC) face a roadside suspension of 3, 7, 30, or 90 days with a $150.00 fine.

Need a Personal Injury Lawyer in Toronto?

With motorists, parents and police officers all taking the initiative to do their part, we can ensure a safe and Happy Halloween! For more information, contact Jewell Radimisis Jorge LL.P. and speak with our dedicated Toronto personal injury lawyers.

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