Trick or Treating Safety Tips

Lynchburg, VA - Trick or treating has started Wednesday night, and we want to make sure you and your kids have a fun, safe night.

AAA says Halloween is one of the top three days for pedestrian injuries and fatalities in the US.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that children are four times more likely to be struck by a motor vehicle on Halloween than any other day of the year. That's because children get excited and distracted and might not look both ways before crossing the street.

Here are some tips for drivers:

  • Drive slow, at 5 mph below the speed limit.

  • Scan roads, driveways and sidewalks for children.

  • Keep an eye out for children in dark costumes that are harder to see.

  • Make sure to tell your kids only to cross at intersections or pedestrian crosswalks.

  • Make sure to have a designated trick or treating route planned for them to follow.

There are several apps you can download on your smart phone to keep tabs on your kids. One is Life 360 and another is Trick or Tracker. Both use GPS help you keep tabs on your little monsters while they get their treats.

Get more tips here.