Commuters this Halloween have already been forewarned to expect rush hour traffic to begin ghoulishly early on October 31st, with projections for congestion beginning as early at 1 pm. Experience itself suggests that no matter how early you leave work or how earnestly you plan beforehand, chances are you will be ensnared in some form or other of traffic congestion tonight as parents and children alike rush home to prepare for a rousing night of “trick or treats!”
Atlanta personal injury attorneys know all too well that when it comes to holidays, people tend to inadvertently throw caution to the wind. With rain in the forecast this time around, there may be cause for extra concern. There are also Halloween street closures to contend with. Drivers should be warily on the lookout for other frustrated citizens looking to make it home before nightfall using alternate and, accordingly, unfamiliar routes.
Furthermore, motorists should be especially mindful of the children who will take over the streets tonight. During the fall months darkness falls earlier so it will be even more difficult to see costumed little ones as they cross roadways, darting between houses…and cars. With an environment like that, some type of pedestrian accident seems almost inevitable.
Even if they’ve been cautioned against running into traffic, on this particular night children have one-track minds. That is because, for children, Halloween equals candy. For adults, on the other hand, Halloween fun often amounts to generous amounts of libations, which is especially dangerous on a night that calls for greater responsibility. Reflexes need to be exceptional under holiday conditions like these so it is paramount, more so than ever, that people operating vehicles don’t drink and drive.
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