On Halloween night, children and teens of all ages are likely to go out to celebrate. While parents of young children may be aware of the dangers of Halloween celebrations, many people assume older kids and teens will be able to stay safer on Halloween. The reality, however, is that young adults may actually be at greater risk than younger children of getting hurt in Seminole County car crashes.
Parents of teens need to be aware of the risks their children face on Halloween and should talk to their children about how to keep themselves safe and how to avoid injuring others.
Preventing Longwood Car Accidents Affecting Teens
Safe Kids.org recommends parents not allow children to go trick-or-treating on their own without adult supervision until the kids are at least 12 years of age. While 12 year olds may be responsible enough to go trick-or-treating alone, the risk of pedestrian car accidents is still very significant amount kids in this age group. In fact, Republican Herald reported kids between the ages of 12 and 15 were actually the children most likely to be killed in pedestrian crashes on Halloween night, with younger kids having lower rates of deadly accidents.
Older children may be more likely than younger kids to get into pedestrian crashes because they are out alone without their parents to supervise, so they may be more inclined to take risks. Older children may also wear costumes and masks that obscure their vision or make them harder for drivers to see. They may also be out later than younger children when it is darker or when drivers are not expecting to see as many kids on the road.
Parents should make sure their children's costume is safe in order to reduce the risk. Whenever possible, face paint should be worn instead of a mask so a child can see more clearly. Only 37 percent of parents make kids of any age take flashlights when trick-or-treating, but parents may want to require teenagers to use flashlights if they go out on their own.
Parents also need to be aware of another danger facing teens on Halloween: teen driving. Teenaged drivers and young people between the ages of 15 and 25 are responsible for 33 percent of car accidents on Halloween that cause pedestrian fatalities. Teens could also become involved in motor vehicle accidents with other cars, causing injury to themselves or to others.
Approximately 29 percent of parents who said their kids will be celebrating on Halloween said their kids are going to be attending parties at friend's houses. When children attend parties, parents should make sure there will be no alcohol served and the children will be supervised at the party. This can help to reduce the chances a teenager will get into a car drunk or with another impaired driver.
Ultimately, drivers need to be responsible for making sure they don't cause injury to teenagers on the roads- but if parents talk to their kids about safety, this can reduce the chances a tragedy will happen.