Halloween is under a few days away, but parents have much more to worry about than just the sugar high and costume blunders that Oct. 31 is known to bring.
According to Safe Kids, children are more than twice as likely to be hit and killed by a car on the holiday than on any other day of the year. Plus, as the epidemic of distracted driving only gets more and more prevalent, parents should take extra precautions for their kids’ safety, like putting reflective tape on their costumes to ensure they can be seen by drivers, or stringing a flashlight around their necks.
In addition to the added danger of the holiday taking place on a weeknight, some cities are more accident-prone than others, requiring trick-or-treaters to be extra vigilant about their safety. Cambridge Mobile Telematics looked at data from nearly 900,000 drives on Halloween around the United States and found that Ocean City in Maryland, Park City, Memphis, Arlington and Miami are home to the most distracted drivers, while Portland in Oregon, Cape Cod, Jacksonville, the Hamptons and Ocean City, again, are home to the speediest drivers.