Halloween Night Is Especially Deadly for Pedestrians


On Tuesday, Dr. John Staples of the University of British Columbia published a study in JAMA Pediatrics which found that the chance of a pedestrian being struck and killed by a moving vehicle increases by 43 percent on Halloween night. Staples chalks the increased danger up to a "witches' brew" of drunk drivers mixed with "legions of kids roaming the streets" in costume. Deaths peak around dusk (6 p.m.), while children between the ages of 4 and 18 were are at particular risk, with deaths in that age group increasing fivefold during the years Staple analyzed.

Halloween can be deadly for pedestrians, traffic study says

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