Protect your trick-or-treater on most dangerous night for kids

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One of the most exciting nights for Hoosier kids is also the most dangerous. Greg Seiter with AAA of Indianapolis said kids are four times more likely to be hit by a car while trick-or-treating than on any other night of the year.

A 12-year-old Lafayette girl was hit by a car Thursday night just as trick-or-treating started. The driver took off. The girl was taken to Riley Hospital for Children at IU Health and is expected to be okay.

A 5-year-old girl was killed in Atlanta Thursday night when she tried to run across the street and was hit by a minivan.

Seiter said, “It’s just paying attention to your surroundings and understanding that kids are going to be everywhere running along the streets, sidewalks and driveways.”

Seiter said make sure your child’s costume is bright and add reflective tape if you need to. Also make sure it’s short enough to not trip over and flame-retardant.

“And we really suggest children not be wearing masks,” said Seiter. “We recommend face paint so it doesn’t obstruct their vision”

Go over your route with your child before you leave, and only go to homes you are familiar with and that have their porch light on.

Go in a big group if you can, and stay on sidewalks and driveways. If there are no sidewalks, walk on the left side of the road, facing traffic.

Take a flashlight, but remind your children to not shine it toward moving cars because it could impair the vision of the driver.

Drivers on Indiana roads tonight should stay 5 mph under the posted limit in neighborhoods.

“And for parents who are driving along in a car who are following their children, we recommend you stay close,” said Seiter. “Don’t text while you’re driving and don’t text while you’re even parked because you can lose sight of your children and not know where they’re at, and you may even accidentally hit a child.”

Tell children not to eat any treats until they get home.

Seiter said AAA recommends children under 12 years old should not go alone.

For a full list of trick-or-treat times, click here.