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Halloween Safety? Stranger Danger Isn't the Biggest Threat

Chad West Oct. 23, 2018

Despite urban legends, the biggest concern for keeping children safe on Halloween isn’t stranger danger or razor blades hidden in your kids’ Halloween candy.

No, the biggest threat to safety is CARS.

By some statistics, Halloween is actually deadlier than New Year’s Eve for drunk driving crashes. Here are two sobering facts:

  • Children are more than twice as likely to be hit by a car and killed on Halloween vs. on another night, according to

  • In 2017, October ranked second in motor vehicle deaths by month with 3,700, according to the National Safety Council. Only July was higher. The NSC tracks deaths that occur within one year of an accident. 

Fatal accidents involving drunk drivers occur three times more often on Halloween than on New Year’s Eve, according to stats from the National Highway Traffic Safety Association. The highest number of drunk driving crashes occurs from 6 p.m. Oct. 31 to 6 a.m. Nov. 1. From 2012 to 2016, 44 percent of those killed in car accidents involved at least one drunk driver.

Don’t be that person. Don’t get behind the wheel – even if you’ve only had a couple drinks. The absolute safest thing to do is call an Uber or Lyft or spend the night wherever you are partying.

Stopped for DWI? Here are our Top 5 Tips for Handling that all-important encounter.

If you’ve been charged with a DWI, you need excellent legal representation. You may not know your rights, but we do. Call 972-ASK-CHAD for help. Our phones are answered 24/7.


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