Halloween is a time to dress up, eat some candy and embrace the spookier side of things. But as fun as this holiday is, it can also be treacherous for those who are on the road, as car accidents often spike during Halloween.
Below, we discuss some of the more common hazards we often see on the roads around Halloween and how you can avoid them this year.
Unfortunately, Halloween is a holiday like all the others in that there is typically an increase in drunk drivers. Often, law enforcement agencies ramp up enforcement efforts, which is expected to occur this year throughout Ohio. However, even with increased DUI patrols, checkpoints and awareness, drunk driving accidents still occur.
To avoid them, do not drive after drinking. You might also consider staying off the roads late at night during the weekend and on Halloween night. If you see a driver swerving, speeding or driving erratically, keep your distance and consider calling police.
Young children in particular are at risk of being struck by a car as a pedestrian on Halloween, as they are often running from house to house trick-or-treating. However, other pedestrians can be in danger as well.
To avoid these accidents, stay alert when you are walking anywhere. Make sure you and your children wear reflective clothing and whenever possible, stay on the sidewalk. Always check for traffic before entering an intersection, even when you have the right of way.
Drivers and pedestrians alike can pose a threat to others' safety when they are distracted. If they are looking at their phones, for instance, they likely cannot see what's going on around them. This makes it easier for them to cause an accident.
To avoid accidents caused by distraction, put your phone away when you are walking or driving. Refrain from wearing earphones, as they can block out critical warning sounds. If you are a parent walking with your children, make sure you can see them at all times.
Hopefully, these tips can help everyone enjoy a safe, fun Halloween and avoid serious accidents caused by reckless or negligent parties.