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Biggest Halloween Danger for WYO Kids Isn’t Candy?

PHOTO: Children's risk of being hit by a car on Halloween is double that of any other time of year. Photo credit: Deborah C. Smith
PHOTO: Children's risk of being hit by a car on Halloween is double that of any other time of year. Photo credit: Deborah C. Smith
October 31, 2012

CHEYENNE, Wyo. - Ghosts, goblins and zombies aren't the scariest things for Wyoming children this Halloween. Neither is the remote possibility that candy is poisoned.

According to an analysis from State Farm Insurance, the biggest safety risk for youngsters is being hit by a car.

Children are twice as likely to be killed by a car on Halloween than on any other night of the year, according to the analysis. Wyoming Trial Lawyers Association president Rob Shively says the study reinforces common-sense safety precautions such as reflective costumes, flashlights and adult supervision.

"With their minds not necessarily on safety, parents need to do it for them. And of course, while it's never safe to drive while you’re texting, tonight would be absolutely the worst time to do it."

Other tidbits from the research: The most dangerous time of night is between 6 and 7 p.m., and most accidents happen in the middle of a block - not at a street corner.

Shively says there's another factor to consider in a rural state such as Wyoming...

"The thing with there being no sidewalks in a lot of places here in Wyoming means that there are no obvious boundaries for kids. It just makes it doubly dangerous."

Safety responsibilities aren't just in the hands of children and their parents, Shively says, adding that drivers, too, need to slow down in residential areas.

The State Farm study is online at multivu.com. Additional safety tips are at SafeKids.org.

Deborah Courson Smith/Deb Courson Smith, Public News Service - WY