Tremendous efforts were made during the 20th Century to reduce injuries and fatalities due to motor vehicle accidents. During the 1960s, the federal government mandated greater safety changes to automobiles and roadways. Seat belts were put into vehicles, improved night illumination and barriers to divide highways were erected. The cars and roads became safer by design and the percentage of crash fatalities declined even as Americans drove more miles each year. Mothers Against Drunk Drivers formed in 1980 and helped spur significant drunk driving legislation and increased enforcement nationwide.
PEDESTRIAN ACCIDENTS INCREASE ON HALLOWEEN
With so many children on the street trick or treating, it is no surprise that pedestrian accidents increase on Halloween. Matters are made worse by an increase in drunk driving, as teens and adults drive to and from Halloween parties.
According to an infographic from Safe Kids Worldwide, the number of children killed while walking doubles on Halloween compared to every other day of the year.