PORTLAND, Ore. – Halloween is supposed to be scary, of course – but the pretend kind of scary.
So don’t forget it’s one of the most dangerous nights of the year for children.
Janelle Lawrence is the executive director of Oregon Impact, which aims to end impaired and distracted driving.
“Twice the amount of kids will die on Halloween as opposed to another evening,” Lawrence said. “It really is a high-risk night for kids.”
It’s an awful combination on the roads – lots of children out trick-or-treating, and lots of adults who have had too much to drink.
So, where are the safest places to take your kids?
The real estate website Zillow uses housing data to rank the 20 best cities for children who want to trick-or-treat in safe neighborhoods. It uses things like population density, crime statistics and walk scores to come up with its rankings.
Portland made the top 10 again, thanks largely to five neighborhoods: Laurelhurst, Alameda, Irvington, Sunnyside and Mount Tabor.
But Zillow didn’t take traffic safety and drunk drivers into account.
KATU News did, adding in hundreds of traffic accidents and drunk-driving arrests, and found that even those neighborhoods can be dangerous.
In Laurelhurst, for instance, Sandy Blvd., poses a threat. It’s a high-crash corridor, and police have made 16 DUII arrests in the neighborhood in the past year.
Mount Tabor also has a high-crash corridor in Division St., and the neighborhood has had 10 DUII arrests.
Sunnyside had the most DUII arrests of the five neighborhoods, with 21.
Alameda and Irvington are the safest, based on the available data. Neither has a high-crash corridor; Alameda had nine DUII arrests, and Irivington seven.
That’s the advice for parents. How about for drivers?
“Kids act differently on Halloween,” Lawrence said. “They're so excited they might not move the way you'd normally expect. You really have to keep an eye on that as well.”
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