ASP: Halloween twice as dangerous for children to be hit by cars

JONESBORO, Ark. – As part of Arkansas State Police’s Learn the Law social media posts, a special Halloween edition post was made this week to encourage safety in our younger population.

On average, children are more than twice as likely to be hit by a car and killed on Halloween than on any other day of the year, the post said. As other departments have also urged, adding reflective tape to a child’s candy bag or costume is a good idea. It is also a good idea to take pictures of your children before they go trick-or-treating, not only for the memories of seeing them in costume, but in case of an emergency.

27-51-1204. Pedestrians crossing at other than crosswalks.

(a) Every pedestrian crossing a roadway at any point other than within a marked crosswalk or within an unmarked crosswalk at an intersection shall yield the right-of-way to all vehicles upon the roadway.

(b) Any pedestrian crossing a roadway at a point where a pedestrian tunnel or overhead pedestrian crossing has been provided shall yield the right-of-way to all vehicles upon the roadway.

(c) Between adjacent intersections at which traffic-control signals are in operation, pedestrians shall not cross at any place except in a marked crosswalk.

(d) Notwithstanding the provisions of this section, every driver of a vehicle shall exercise due care to avoid colliding with any pedestrian upon any roadway and shall give warning by sounding the horn when necessary and shall exercise proper precaution upon observing any child or any confused or incapacitated person upon a roadway.

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