Published: October 29, 2012
The Tennessee Highway Patrol will plan for increased visibility and enforcement efforts on Halloween to ensure a safe and happy holiday for all Tennesseans. Last year in Tennessee, no one was killed on Halloween between midnight, October 31, 2011, through 6 a.m., November 1, 2011. That compares to one person killed in one crash on Halloween during the same time period in 2010. “There is typically a dramatic increase in pedestrian traffic on Halloween. We want to remind motorists to slow down and watch for children on all roadways. Halloween should be a time for good family fun. However, children, parents and motorists must remember that safety comes first,” Department of Safety and Homeland Security Commissioner Bill Gibbons said. According to the National Center for Statistics and Analysis (NCSA), 115 child pedestrian fatalities occurred on Halloween over a 21-year period (1990-2010). That is an average of 5.5 fatalities each year on October 31. Thirty-two percent of the child pedestrian fatalities occurred with children ages 12-15, while children ranges five through eight accounted for 23 percent of the fatalities.