AAA Looks at Trick or Treating from a Child’s Point of View

DENVER, October 27 – Every Halloween, monsters, zombies and ghouls fill the streets across Colorado to celebrate. And if that’s not scary enough, AAA uncovered some frightening statistics. According to the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety, October 31 is the deadliest night of the year for pedestrians.

During Halloween trick or treating, AAA Colorado urges parents and motorists to look at roadways from the child’s point of view.

  • Most children lack a sense of danger. They may not understand that being hit by an automobile may seriously hurt them.
  • Children’s peripheral vision is two-thirds that of an adult so they might not see oncoming traffic.
  • Children have difficulty determining where a sound is coming from. Traffic noises may confuse them.
  • Children have difficulty judging a car’s speed and distance.
  • Children think that if they can see an adult driving a car toward them, the driver is able to see them.
  • Children are easily distracted, especially when excited by trick or treating.

Children imitate the behavior of others, especially older children and adults. While trick or treating with your child, model appropriate traffic safety practices.

All motorists should watch for children walking on streets, medians and curbs. Excited trick-or-treaters, often in dark costumes, may not pay attention to traffic and cross mid-block or between parked cars.

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