Pedestrians now account for nearly 1 in 5 traffic fatalities in Georgia. And on Halloween, the share of crash victims that are pedestrians doubles.
What can you and your kids do to stay safe?
For parents and pedestrians:
- Be visible – A person wearing reflective clothing is visible at 10 times the distance as a person wearing dark clothing. Many outdoor stores and local bicycle shops carry lights and reflectives that can easily be added to you or your kid’s costumes. Carrying glow sticks and flashlights can also increase visibility.
- Be alert and aware – Use face paint rather than masks, which can obstruct vision. Know your surroundings, avoid texting and talking on the phone when walking, and try to cross the street in well-lit areas.
- Be smart – Don’t walk impaired, or designate a sober friend to walk you home.
- Slow down and watch for kids, especially in residential areas.
- Take care exiting and entering driveways.
- Always designate a sober driver, and plan a way to get home if you expect to drink. MARTA and taxis are safe alternatives.
Be safe, be seen. Enjoy a happy and pedestrian-safe Halloween!