As if Halloween isn’t scary enough already, Oct. 31 is one of the deadliest nights of the year for pedestrians, according to the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety.
Note that Ada's Halloween trick or treat night is tonight, along with the Ada Police Department's Safe House at the Agri-Plex. The Trail of Terror at the Elks Lodge in Ada and Exorscream at the old Pickett Center School in Vanoss are open both tonight and tomorrow night.
“Beware of dangers lurking behind you,” said Chuck Mai, spokesman for AAA Oklahoma. “New research from AAA shows that rear-view camera systems allow us to see about 45 percent more than we would ordinarily, but don’t rely solely on these devices. Before backing out of your driveway, double-check in all directions for little dragons, princesses and ghouls.”
Last year in Oklahoma, 120 pedestrians under the age of 16 were killed or injured in motor vehicle crashes, according to the Oklahoma Highway Safety Office.
Across the country in 2012, there were 4,743 pedestrian fatalities and more than six percent of them were children under the age of 16.
“One of the problems is that children generally haven’t developed the ability to judge driver behavior,” said Mai. “Plus, they’re usually not tall enough to be seen by drivers.”
Most pedestrian fatalities occur at non-intersections and typically 70 percent happen between the hours of 6 p.m. and 6 a.m.
Play it safe tonight and tomorrow night. Walk around your vehicle, check your mirrors, look over your shoulder and if your car is equipped with one, check your back-up camera before shifting into reverse. The first 10 feet behind your vehicle pose the greatest back-over risk, especially for small children.