IT’S currently the most dangerous week of the year for your child to be on Britain’s roads.
Two major spikes in the number of children hit by cars correlate with Halloween and Bonfire night celebrations – making it vital you watch out for youngsters.
According to data analysed by Churchill Car Insurance, the risk of children being involving in a traffic collision tonight increases by 75 per cent.
The most recent figures from the Department for Transport showed an average of 49 children hit by cars on Halloween over a three-year period – almost twice the number involved in collisions for the two weeks before and after the spooky evening.
With the excitement of dressing up and collecting free sweets, kids often forget to watch out for dangers when out trick-or-treating by the roadside.
And it’s not just children at risk either.
Figures also showed an average of 295 accidents involving adults on Halloween each year, marking a 12 per cent increase on the annual standard.
A further spike in traffic accidents occurs on Bonfire Night, as more Brits enjoy celebrations in the street.
Earlier this month, we revealed how children are far more likely to be hit by a car in the winter months with the end of daylight savings.
On an average day, around half of collisions involving child pedestrians occur between 3pm-6pm in the hours just after school.
But on Halloween, this figure actually drops slightly, while the chance of a collision between 6pm-9pm more than doubles.
As many as 47 per cent of accidents involving kids on Halloween take place in this evening period – up from 18 per cent on a normal day.
This makes it even more vital for parents to keep a close eye on their kids while out trick-or-treating in the dark, and to make sure they don’t let youngsters go out on their own at night.
Steve Barrett, head of Car Insurance at Churchill, said: “While it is important to remember that the overall number of accidents involving child pedestrians on Britain’s roads is thankfully relatively low, this analysis shows that the relative risk they face during Halloween and Bonfire Night does significantly increase.
“The dangerous combination of a higher number of children on the roads, poor lighting and the clocks going back three days before Halloween, means that drivers need to be extra vigilant this October 31st.
“Halloween is an exciting time for both children and parents, so we urge everybody to take extra care while trick-or-treating to avoid any accidents.”