Pedestrian Safety Program

Halloween Push

The Turco Legal Pedestrian Safety Program is an initiative run in collaboration with Massachusetts elementary schools, providing students with safety guidance and flashing safety lights to use on Halloween and during other outdoor evening play throughout the year. Children are more at risk when outdoors and near or on the street. The risk is further elevated when it’s dark out. This program is designed to save the lives of children and to make outdoor family fun safer.

 

In comparison to any other day of the year, children are more than twice as likely to be hit by a car and killed on Halloween. [1]

 

Turco Legal is committed to reducing this risk. That’s why we’re partnering with schools across Massachusetts to hand out free safety lights to kindergarten students. We are pleased to announce that we already have around twenty communities on the North Shore committed to helping us with this project, and we are expanding the program’s reach every year.

Interested in participating in our Pedestrian Safety Program? Please give us a call. We would love to work with you to make Halloween safer for children across the state.

Interested in the facts?

  • There were 6,227 pedestrian fatalities in 2018, according to the GHSA. That’s the highest number in nearly three decades. The GHSA also reported that from 2008-2017, traffic fatalities excluding pedestrian deaths went down by 6%. During that time, the pedestrian fatalities went up by 35%. [2]
  • A pedestrian was killed in a traffic crash every 88 minutes on average in 2017. [3]
  • According to the CDC, over 12,000 children between the ages of 0-19 die in “unintentional injury” type deaths. Out of these, the leading cause was transportation deaths, a substantial amount of which were pedestrian deaths. [4]
  • Until the age of 10, children do not have the developmental abilities to gauge the speed and distance of oncoming vehicles. [5]
  • About 40 million children trick-or-treat on Halloween in the US. 63% don’t carry a flashlight. 82% of parents don’t put reflective tape on their children’s costumes, and 70% of parents let their children trick-or-treat unaccompanied. [6]
Pedestrian Safety Program

For information about the common types of crashes between pedestrians and cars and tips on preventing them, check out this publication by the NHTSA.

 

[1] “Halloween Safety.” National Safety Council, https://www.nsc.org/home-safety/tools-resources/seasonal-safety/autumn/halloween

[2] Retting, Richard and Schwartz, Sam. “Pedestrian Traffic Fatalities by State: 2018 Preliminary Data.” Governors Highway Safety Association, February 2019, https://www.ghsa.org/resources/Pedestrians19

[3] “Pedestrian Safety.” NHTSA, United States Department of Transportation, https://www.nhtsa.gov/road-safety/pedestrian-safety

[4] “CDC Childhood Injury Report.” Center for Disease Control and Prevention, https://www.cdc.gov/safechild/child_injury_data.html

[5] “Child Pedestrian Safety.” Safe Kids Worldwide, https://www.safekids.org/child-pedestrian-safety

[6] “13 Scary Halloween Safety Stats.” Protect America, https://www.protectamerica.com/scary-halloween