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Attorney Zane Cagle

Posted on October 30th, 2015,
by Zane Cagle

Safe Halloween Driving in St. Louis

Posted on October 30th, 2015 by Zane Cagle

Safety Tips for Drivers

On Halloween, pedestrian accidents are far more common  than almost any other holiday weekend.  Being a “safety stickler” may seem like a kill-joy, but hitting a child with your car is the true Halloween nightmare.

SLOW DOWN

001If you are driving, slow down especially in residential areas.  Remember the height of trick or treat hours are between 5:30 and 9:30, but there can always be children out later.

Be especially alert and take extra time to look for kids at intersections, on medians and on curbs. Children are excited on Halloween and may move in unpredictable ways.  Always keep in mind that an excited child might try to cross the street somewhere other than a crosswalk.

Reduce any distractions inside your car. Don’t talk on the phone, text or eat so you can concentrate solely on your surroundings and driving.

Be sure to be on the lookout for adult party goers as well.  Halloween parties are popular which obviously run past the “trick-or-treating” hours.

Safety Tips for Kids and Parents:

  • Be sure costumes are safe.  Be sure the costume is something that can be seen by drivers. Decorate costumes and bags with reflective tape and if possible, choose light colors. Masks can obscure a child’s vision—so choose non-toxic face pain and makeup whenever possible.
  • Cross the street at corners using traffic signals and crosswalks.  Look left, look right and then left again and keep looking as you cross.
  • Put electronic devices down and keep heads up while crossing. Walk rather than run across the street.
  • If there are no sidewalks or paths, walk facing traffic as far to the left as possible.
  • Slow down and stay alert- watch out of cars that are turning or backing up.
    • DO NOT CROSS BETWEEN PARKED CARS – this is one of the most common places for a pedestrian to get hit by a vehicle.  When your cross between parked cars, oncoming drivers have difficulty seeing you.

On Halloween, there are large numbers of children on the sidewalks and streets after dark–far more than normal.  Drivers must take extra care and slow down in residential areas.

Parents need to supervise younger children. Older children should go in groups and be on the lookout for the safety of one another.  As a driver, be very cautious. As a parent, communicate with your child and know where their route or accompany them.

Stay Safe on Halloween Weekend

If you are involved in a pedestrian accident or a motor vehicle accident and if you are injured, you will need legal representation.  Our attorneys are experts in car accidents and pedestrian accidents.

Call (314) 276-1681 for a free consultation