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Safe Driving (and Walking) Tips for the Spookiest Day of the Year

Safe Driving (and Walking) Tips for the Spookiest Day of the Year

While Friday the 13th may give Halloween a run for its money in terms of superstitions, the 31st of October is truly one of the most terrifying days of the year.


Pedestrians are up to 50% more likely to be struck and killed by a car on Halloween night.

On Friday the 13th, you can avoid black cats, broken mirrors, and ladders, but is there anything you can do to avoid pedestrian accidents on All Hallow’s Eve?

At Politis & Matovina, P.A., we’re glad you asked…

Because we’ve compiled the ultimate list of tips and tricks, just for you!

For Drivers:

Driving on Halloween means expecting the unexpected. Be sure to:

  • Drive 5 mph below the speed limit all times (according to AAA this can significantly increase your reaction time)
  • Watch for movement on roadways, medians, and curbs (children in dark costumes may be harder to see)
  • Look for children crossing the street (they may dart out between parked cars)
  • Keep your headlights on (to make sure trick-or-treaters can see you)
  • Be extra careful in driveways in alleys (and include front yards and porches in your scanning)
  • Do not pass stopped or temporarily parked cars (children may be loading and unloading)
  • Avoid using your smartphone (or any other handheld devices)
  • NEVER drink and drive (or drive under the influence in any way)

For Pedestrians

Don’t assume your children understand traffic safety. Accompany them on their adventures if possible, and make sure they adhere to the following rules:

  • Wear costumes that fit properly and do not obstruct vision
  • Enhance costumes and candy bags with reflective tape
  • Carry flashlights and glowsticks
  • Always walk on the sidewalk
  • If there is no sidewalk, walk on the far side of the road and face traffic
  • Only cross at crosswalks, well-lit intersections, or street corners
  • Stay together and avoid homes with their lights off

Don’t Lose Your Head

Halloween can be an exciting time for adults and children alike. As long as you stay aware of your surroundings and don’t let booze (or ‘boos!’) get the better of you, you should have a safe, fun night.

If someone else’s behavior frightens you, call the police.

If their actions cause harm to you or your loved ones, call our attorneys.

We can be reached 24/7 at (386) 333-6613 or during a free consultation at our Daytona Beach offices.