Keep Halloween From Becoming a Nightmare
This is no trick or treat - Halloween can turn into a real nightmare if you are involved in a traffic crash.
Last year, pedestrian-related crashes were higher in October than any other month. During the Halloween weekend, five pedestrians were killed and more than 1,900 traffic crashes resulted in 17 deaths and 724 injuries in Missouri. October is also the month with the highest number of traffic crashes involving young drivers. Last year, 25 percent of all traffic crashes in the state involved drivers under the age of 21, with more than nine percent of those occurring in October.
“It’s important for adults and drivers to be even more alert during the Halloween holiday because so many kids are out and they may not be watching for cars,” said Leanna Depue, MoDOT Highway Safety Division director.
To avoid real-life Halloween horrors, remember the following:
- Walk on sidewalks. If you must walk in the street, walk single file, face traffic and stay as close to the edge of the road as you can.
- Make sure small children are with an adult when trick-or-treating.
- Be seen at night. Wear reflective strips and carry a flashlight.
- Don’t assume a vehicle is going to stop for you – the driver may not be paying attention or see you.
It’s just as important for drivers to be safe and stay alert. Remember these simple steps:
- Always buckle up. It’s your best defense in a crash.
- Slow down and stay alert!
- Don’t drink and drive.
Remember, You Drink & Drive. You Lose.