Halloween trick-or-treat hours pose a significant risk to children each year due to an increased number of motorists and pedestrians traveling in concentrated areas. The Atlantic County Office of Highway Traffic Safety reminds residents that the key to being safe is to be sure that you can be seen.
More than twice as many children are killed in pedestrian and vehicle accidents on Halloween between 4 PM and 10 PM than on any other day of the year, according to Safe Kids USA. Motorists are encouraged to slow down, especially in residential neighborhoods, turn their headlights on and stay alert for children who may be walking in costumes that can limit their visibility.
Children should be instructed to always walk on sidewalks or paths, and cross streets at corners, using traffic signals and crosswalks. Dark costumes can be difficult for drivers to see. Using reflective tape to decorate costumes or carrying glow sticks will improve visibility to motorists.