On Halloween, you need to be extra careful going Trick or Treating in these particular cities. In today’s world, it isn’t just about stranger danger (though that’s a concern) or spiked candy (let’s be honest, less of a concern), but drivers on the road and cell phone use.
Who knew, 10 years ago, this would be what parents were really worried about?
With distracted driving more common than ever, kids are twice as likely to be hit and injured by a vehicle on a holiday than any other day of the year.
Halloween falling on a Thursday this year greatly increases that risk, too – people are rushing to get home to start festivities, throw parties, or dress up with their own children, and may be speeding or not paying attention to those around them.
And the statistics for distracted driving have only gotten worse, not better, over the years – despite many newer cars integrating safety features and Bluetooth capabilities.
Cambridge Mobile Telematics studied data from nearly 900,000 drivers on Halloween all around the United States to put together a list of the most dangerous areas for kids looking for delicious treats.
Drivers in Ocean City, Maryland, Park City, Utah, Arlington, Virginia, and Miami, Florida, are considered the most distracted drivers in the whole United States on Halloween! Distracted driving could be any number of things, from sending a text message, talking on the phone, or reading tweets.
It’s not just about driving distracted, though. Speeding is also a major issue.
Ocean City, Maryland, once again tops the list of areas where drivers are most likely to speed. Portland, Oregon also makes the list, as well as Jacksonville, Florida, the Hamptons, and Cape Cod, Massachusetts.
According to the study, 39.1% of drivers speed “excessively” on both highways and residential areas during Halloween. 24.8% of those drivers slammed their brakes at least once, indicating that a close call happened.
If you’re driving home on Halloween, it’s best to make sure that you are slowing down and paying attention to your surroundings. Kids are small, and often dressed in dark costumes, so it can be hard to spot a child crossing the street or stepping out from behind a car.
Keep your phone away, the radio turned down, and your eyes on the road.
If you’re prepping young children for Halloween this year, we recommend strips of reflective tape on the front and back of costumes to catch headlights before they get too close. A few glowsticks or a flashlight around the neck can also help illuminate a particularly dark costume.
With it getting dark so early, we recommend starting early as well, and avoiding the later evening when it is full dark.
The best candy is still available then, too.