Drivers: Don’t be a fright on Halloween

Halloween is one of the deadliest days of the year for pedestrians.
AAA is reminding evening commuters and other motorists to expect more pedestrians on the road, as millions of children and families across the country will be trick-or-treating through neighborhoods. Halloween ranks as one of the top three days of the year for pedestrian injuries and fatalities.
“This Thursday, commuters will be driving home during the same time children and their families are out trick-or-treating,” said Stephanie Milani, Tennessee public affairs director, AAA – The Auto Club Group. “We encourage people who are out on Halloween to be alert, avoid distractions and never drive impaired.”
AAA offers the following safety tips for drivers:
Slow Down
Driving five miles per hour slower than the posted speed limit will give you extra time to react to children who dart out in front of you.
Use Headlights
Even if it’s not dark enough for headlights, use your headlights so that pedestrians can see your vehicle easier.
Constantly Scan Ahead
Broaden your scanning field by looking for pedestrians left and right, in yards, on porches, sidewalks or between parked cars.
Avoid Distractions
Looking away for only two seconds increases your chance of a crash.
Drive Sober
Over 40 percent of fatal crashes on Halloween night involve a drunk driver. Always designate a sober driver if you plan to drink any alcohol.

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