AAA provides tips for a safe Halloween

In Ohio, as elsewhere, Halloween is a day that gives rise to drunk and reckless driving. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the hours between 6 p.m. on October 31 and 6 a.m. on November 1 are the most dangerous for drunk driving crashes. Nearly half of the fatal drunk driving accidents that took place during that 12-hour period from 2012 to 2016 were attributed to 21- to 34-year-old drivers.

Referring to this data, the Northeast chapter of AAA has seen fit to provide some safety tips to both parents of trick-or-treaters and those who intend to party on Halloween. The latter group should, first of all, plan ahead by designating a sober driver to take them home or making use of public transportation or a ride-hailing service. Partygoers should also ensure that their friends do not drive drunk either. While behind the wheel, people must slow down.

Parents should tell their children to always cross at corners and give them flashlights to make themselves more visible, especially when walking on roads without sidewalks. Parents could add reflective tape or other material to the costumes as well and make sure the costumes do not obscure vision. A trick-or-treating route should be set up beforehand. Children younger than 12 should have an adult accompanying them to each house.

If a child is injured in a motor vehicle accident, and the parents find out that the driver was responsible, they could file a claim against the driver's auto insurance company. It would be a good idea to hire a lawyer, though. An attorney could have investigators obtain a copy of the police report and check the physical scene of the accident to gather further proof against the driver. He or she could then negotiate for a settlement, preparing the case for court as a last resort.

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