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AAA Encourages Trick Or Treat Safety: Be Smart-Be Safe-Be Seen

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Experts say Halloween can be one of the most dangerous nights of the year for both pedestrians and motorists. That’s why AAA Michigan is urging everyone to play it safe this Halloween

Experts say Halloween can be one of the most dangerous nights of the year for both pedestrians and motorists. That’s why AAA Michigan is urging everyone to play it safe this Halloween.

While Halloween is supposed to be fun and full of tricks and treats, experts say it can also be dangerous, especially with the increased number of pedestrians trick or treating. Adrienne Woodland is the spokesperson for AAA the Auto Club Group in Michigan.

“Halloween can be one of the most dangerous nights of the year for both pedestrians and motorists. And with the increased number of pedestrians trick-or-treating, the risk of cell phone distraction while driving or walking and potentially impaired party goers behind the wheel, it makes for a frightening combination.”

In fact, a 2021 study of Halloween traffic fatalities found that 18 percent of those killed in fatal crashes on Halloween are children and Pedestrians have a 5- percent higher chance of being fatally injured on Halloween than on the average day. Factors that contribute to the increased risk include fewer daylight hours, distracted driving and trick or treaters crossing streets.

Woodland says AAA encourages motorists to “BE SMART-BE SAFE and BE SEEN. Tips include motorists driving slower through neighborhoods, driving sober and to avoiding distractions.

They advise the same for those looking after the kids.

“For parents or other adults watching the children. If you’re planning on posting pictures on social media, post pictures and updates before or after you go trick or treating.”

More tips and other information can be found at AAA.com