In past blog posts, we have discussed the increased risks that pedestrians face on Pennsylvania roads. Recent reports have also found that even though traffic deaths are down across the country, the number of pedestrian fatalities is only increasing. According to Consumer Reports, there were more pedestrian deaths last year than there has been in the last 30 years. And one of the deadliest nights of the years for pedestrians will soon be upon us.
There is no secret to why Halloween is one of the most dangerous nights of the year for pedestrians. However, there are extra precautions that drivers can take to reduce these dangers.
Regardless of the posted speed limit, drivers should take it easy on Halloween night and drive slower than they usually would. This is helpful for two primary reasons:
Driving slower will give drivers the time they need to see pedestrians and hazards, as well as react to avoid an accident.
Driving defensively is always essential, but it is especially important on Halloween. Drivers should ensure that they:
As we get older, more people start attending Halloween parties over trick-or-treating. Many of these parties involve alcohol, and, unfortunately, this results in many people choosing to drive under the influence.
Halloween usually ranks high on the list of days involving the most drunk driving deaths. It has even topped New Year’s Eve in past years. Drivers must avoid driving drunk and make arrangements with a sober driver before Halloween if they do plan to drink.