Halloween: Vehicles are top threat to kids

Oct. 20, 2012 at 6:04 PM
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CHICAGO, Oct. 20 (UPI) -- Halloween is one of the most dangerous nights for driving because it's dark, kids are dressed in dark costumes and dart into streets, a U.S. child expert says.

"Try to avoid driving. If possible, do not have your teen behind the wheel. If that is not an option, emphasize your driving safety rules," advised Dr. Karen Judy, Loyola University Health System child safety expert, and professor in the Department of Pediatrics at Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine. "Have children stick to sidewalks, decorate costumes with reflective tape and carry a flashlight to help prevent traffic accidents between cars and children."

Personal injury lawyer Cameron Yadidi Brock in Los Angeles said much attention is paid at this time of year to the potential of tainted treats at Halloween or fires caused by Jack O'Lantern candles, but the most common and potentially deadly type of accident threatening children on Halloween involve vehicles.

Halloween partying for many adults increased the risk of inebriated drivers and parents need to keep close watch on their children and to make sure that they are highly visible.

Flashlights and glowsticks are an excellent idea for increasing their visibility, Brock said.

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