Monday, October 27, 2014

Protect Our Children--Don't Get Smashed This Halloween


Halloween is upon us and as a parent, safety is always a concern of mine.  There are some stats that are pretty frightening from the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA):
    Kids have a greater chance of being fatally injured by a car on Halloween than any other day of the year, including the Fourth of July and New Year’s Day. (NHSTA http://www-nrd.nhtsa.dot.gov/Pubs/809855.pdf )
    Halloween Was Deadliest Day of the Year for Child Pedestrian Accidents:
    One hundred and fifteen child pedestrian fatalities occurred on Halloween over the 21 years of our analysis. That is an average of 5.5 fatalities each year on October 31, which is more than double the average number of 2.6 fatalities for other days. (NHSTA http://www-nrd.nhtsa.dot.gov/Pubs/809855.pdf )

    On Halloween, please don’t drink and drive. Don’t contribute to the numbers!
  • Designate a driver
  • Stay overnight at the party venue
  • Stay home and have fun handing out candy to the goblins and ghost who knock on your door.

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