Did You Know…
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While some are afraid of being spooked on Halloween, most kids wallow and revel in the sweet and scary traditions of All Hallow’s Eve. With all of the tricking, treating, costumes, and candy, it doesn’t seem like children have much to worry about other than overdosing on candy. In fact, it is the parents that are likely feeling more fearful.
Did you know that Halloween is the deadliest day of the year for child pedestrians?
According to Sperling’s BestPlaces’ analysis of more than four million records in the Fatality Analysis Reporting System (FARS), an average of 5.5 fatalities occur each year on October 31. That is more than double the average number of fatalities on a regular day! Young drivers ages 15-25 accounted for nearly one-third of all fatal accidents involving child pedestrians on Halloween.
Here are some more spooky facts about child pedestrian fatalities:
- Nearly one-fourth of accidents occurred from 6:00 – 7:00 p.m. Over 60% of the accidents occurred in the 4-hour period from 5:00 to 9:00 p.m.
Over 70% of the accidents occurred away from an intersection or crosswalk.
Most of the fatalities occurred with children ages 12-15 (32% of all child fatalities), followed by children ages 5-8 (23%).