During my almost two decades of working at the University of Iowa Injury Prevention Research Center, I have unfortunately heard far too many stories of injuries that could have been prevented. These incidents are what motivate me to be a zealous advocate for injury prevention .
On Halloween ghosts, jack-o-lanterns, and other spooky costumes may frighten some children, but research shows the simple act of crossing the street is the true danger. According to the United States Census Bureau, there were 41 million trick-or-treaters aged 5 to 14 across the United States in 2010. That number does not include children older than 15 who also go out trick-or-treating, and may be more prone to distracted walking than their younger peers. With all those children out on the streets at the same time, it’s important to discuss the importance of walking safely.