Halloween the deadliest day for young kids, UBC pedestrian safety study says (Dr. John Staples, SPH)

Young children are more likely to be struck and killed by a car on Halloween than on any other night of the year, according to a new study.

The study found that the most dangerous time for pedestrians on Halloween is between 5 p.m. and 8 p.m. The risk of death is 10 times higher for children between four and eight years of age.

Lead researcher John Staples, a scientist at the University of British Columbia, noticed posters advertising campus bar Halloween parties last year. That made him wonder whether the combination of alcohol, dark costumes and holiday excitement makes the streets more dangerous for pedestrians.

Melanie Green reports.

Read the full report here.