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October 31, 2014 Washington Post car chat

Halloween, trick or treat?

Good Morning Warren and friends

Tonight is Halloween, trick or treating for many children. According to press release, More children are struck by cars on Halloween than any other night of the year. The CDC found that the number of deaths among young pedestrians (ages 5-14) is four times higher on Halloween evening than any other evening of the year. Sadly, Halloween is a dangerous night, but it doesn’t have to be that way if you follow some simple safety tips.

Two-thirds (2/3) of all highway fatalities at Halloween are alcohol-related. Don’t even think about getting behind the wheel if you’re impaired.

While excited trick-or-treaters may forget the rules of the road and be oblivious to the hazards, we, as motorists must be uber vigilant. Be especially careful between 4 and 8 p.m., when most severe vehicle/young pedestrian collisions happen. Approximately 85% of deaths among young pedestrians occurred at non-intersection locations (indicating children are most likely to dart and dash from mid-block into the street). press release gives some tips:

Review traffic safety rules for drivers:

* All motorists need to be especially alert and cautious when driving on Halloween because of the increased number of pedestrians walking the streets.

* Watch for children darting out from between parked cars and into the street. Kids can cross the street anywhere, and most young pedestrian deaths happen at spots other than intersections.

* Watch for children walking on roadways, medians, and curbs. Yield to all pedestrians.

* Be extra alert when pulling in and out of driveways

* Do not assume children can see you or are paying attention. You need to take that responsibility.

* At twilight and later in the evening, watch for children in dark clothing.

* Don’t use a cell phone while driving through neighborhoods. A single distraction could lead to tragedy.

* Discourage teens from driving on Halloween. There are too many hazards and distractions for inexperienced drivers.

* Stay well below the posted speed limit. Drive slowly, and don’t pass stopped vehicles. The driver might be dropping off children.

* Communicate with other drivers. Always use your turn signals. And if you have to pull over to drop off or pick up your kids, turn on your hazard lights.

My editorial – It goes without saying that you shouldn’t be drinking and driving. Everyone that drinks and drives knows that, including my beloved brother-in-law that drank and drove and is now dead.

Please – just tonight – don’t drink and drive.

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Lou Ann Hammond

Lou Ann Hammond is the CEO of Carlist and Driving the Nation. She is the co-host of Real Wheels Washington Post carchat every Friday morning and is the Automotive, energy correspondent for The John Batchelor Show and a Contributor to Automotive Electronics magazine headquartered in Korea. Hammond is a founding member of the Women's World Car of the Year #WWCOTY, and board member of the Women in Automotive.