Halloween is right around the corner
and you can bet that your neighborhood will be packed with vehicle traffic and children walking out and about. The Chicago Tribune reported
recently some safety tips provided by Lake County police to keep your children
safe. Although checking candy is important, police insist that traffic is the
biggest safety concern on Halloween night.
The first tip is for drivers to be
cautious and wary of children crossing the streets. Do not speed and make complete stops and stop signs and pedestrian crossings. Pedestrians always should walk in crosswalks and be
aware of traffic. In addition, parents should make sure costumes correctly fit their
children so they do not fall and that masks are not inhibiting kids’
Finally, it is recommended
that children where some sort of reflective tape or fabric on their costumes so
that they are visible to drivers.
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you love has been injured in a Chicago car accident or Chicago pedestrian accident, then call Chicago personal injury attorney Aaron Bryant for a free legal consultation at 312-588-3384
Years ago (at least when
I was a kid) there always seemed to be a frenzy in the media about the dangers
of tainted Halloween candy. There were reports of poisoned candy and even stories of people
inserting needles into candy. In fact, I remember my parents always checking
our candy before the letting us dig in. The fact is, most of those reports were
false or at the very most, overblown.
Today, if you talk to
traffic safety experts and police officers, they will all tell you that the
main concern during Halloween is pedestrian safety. According to an Associated
Press article, the U.S. Department
of Transportation reported that in four out of six years between 2006 and 2010,
more pedestrians under the age of 21 were killed by cars on Oct. 31 than on
Oct. 30 or Nov. 1. Most cases involved pedestrians hit while crossing
streets or walking along roads; one case resulted in a drunk driving arrest. In
another case, parents were injured along with their child.
The best way to protect your children is to be vigilant and
accompany them while they trick or treat. For those who have kids that are a
little older and want to go out on their own, it is recommended to give their
kids a flashlight or glow stick to carry, or add glow-in-the-dark necklaces or
reflective tape to costumes. Another suggestion would be to stick to an area
you are familiar with or even go somewhere indoors like a shopping mall.
Have fun with your kids on Halloween but be careful because there
is always a lot of traffic out that night.
If you or someone you love has been injured in a Chicago caraccident or Chicago pedestrian accident, then call Chicago personal injury attorney
Aaron Bryant for a free consultation at 312-588-3384 or go to the firm website