Hurricane Sandy: Communities Postpone Halloween Celebrations
Halloween is a time to make merry. But with Hurricane Sandy wreaking havoc on the East Cost, Halloween celebrations in many communities are expected to be put off for another week or so.
According to the Huffington Post, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie has vowed to reschedule celebrations of conditions are not safe for trick or treating.
Christie tweeted: "If conditions are not safe on Wednesday for Trick or Treating, I will sign an Executive Order rescheduling #Halloween."
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Several communities in New Jersey are also postponing festivities, the report said. "It's only 'trick or treat,” Joseph Maturo, the mayor of East Haven, Conn., told the Hartford Courant. "It's not going to hurt anybody to move it to next Wednesday night."
But parents who are getting ready to take their children out for trick or treating should be extra careful, as incidents of road accidents spiral during this season.
Data released by Alcohol Monitoring Systems show that drinking increases 20.4 percent on a weekday Halloween and nearly 25 percent the weekend prior, thereby causing people to become reckless.
"Drunk people generally make poor decisions, and deciding to get behind the wheel of a car is just one of the potential issues," Lou Sugo, vice-president of Marketing for Alcohol Monitoring Systems, said.
Also, fatality average on Halloween is double at 5.5 than on a typical day, according to State Farm Insurance quoted in KBZK.com.
But by taking precautionary measures, accident rates can be brought down.
“If you are trick-or-treating with your children keep them close to you," Brad Hilliard, public affairs specialist for State Farm Insurance told KBZK.com.
"Make sure they don't dart in and out of cars, that they aren't darting immediately across the street, you're using cross-walks, using intersections to cross appropriately. Just making sure that they are safe and as cautious as possible while they are out there."
Wearing bright and reflective clothing and accessories will also help drivers see Halloween revelers.