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Pedestrian Accidents Rise on Halloween

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Halloween is the third deadliest day of the year for pedestrians, with many people taking their youngsters out for trick-or-treating.

Kids are obviously smaller and don't always use the best judgement when crossing the street and that puts them at greater risk of being hit by a car.

Add in adult partygoers and more pedestrians, and the danger is even greater.

"Everyone knows who they're going to party with, socialize with, where the event is going to take place," Trooper Chuck Allen, Nevada Highway Patrol said. "But if alcohol is going to be involved in that event, be sure to have a safe plan in advance and designate that safe and sober driver ahead of time."

Especially with the high number of young pedestrians that will be out on Halloween.

The number of deaths among pedestrians is four times higher on Halloween for kids, ages five to 14.

But there are things trick-or-treaters can do to stay safe.

"Stay in groups, stay visible, utilize crosswalks, and treat every vehicle as if the driver can't see you," Allen said.

Since many costumes can be dark and hard to see, it's also a good idea for kids to carry a flashlight or wear reflective tape.

And there are also some simple things parents can do, while dropping kids off.

"Encourage and insist the kids exit on the right side of the vehicle," Allen said. "That way, it eliminates bodies in the travel lane to avoid an accident."

But not all pedestrian accidents happen in the street.

Some of them can happen while kids are on the sidewalk.

"Check that driveway to make sure we don't have anybody struck at a low speed, simply backing out of your own residential area," Allen said.

Halloween is especially dangerous when it falls on a weekend.

Luckily, it falls on a Thursday this year.

October 31 is also Nevada Day, which has one of the highest numbers of DUI's.

Since that holiday was celebrated last weekend, the hope is that there will be fewer drinkers on the road tomorrow night.

Written by Paul Nelson

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