A scary Halloween statistic is out about traffic accidents in California involving pedestrians. Allstate Insurance Company reportedly conducted a review of claims involving pedestrians over the past three years in the state and discovered a dramatic increase in October accidents around trick or treat time.
The insurer revealed in a PR Newswire release that its figures show the number of people hit by cars in California jumps 25 percent on Halloween as compared to the rest of October.
Allstate is offering up three Halloween tips and two include texting!
Don’t Text and Walk
Children and parents should focus on traffic and not texting when trick-or-treating. Keep your eyes up and have an adult or an older, responsible youth supervise children. Plan and discuss the route trick-or-treaters intend to follow.
Don’t Text and Drive
Focus on the road, not your cell phone. Neighborhoods that don’t normally have pedestrian or bicycle traffic may experience an increase in activity on Halloween. Children are excited and may forget to stop, look, and listen before crossing the street.
Don’t Drink and Drive
If you are attending a Halloween party, designate a driver. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reminds revelers that no costume can conceal a drunk driver.
Despite the startling statistic for Halloween, Allstate says December 10 is the most dangerous day of the year for Californians on foot near traffic.