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Halloween safety for drivers and trick-or-treaters

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Although Halloween is a fun holiday filled with costumes, candy, trick or treating and spooky decorations, safety is important to keep in mind. 

The Executive Director of Drive Smart Colorado Maile Gray says safety on Halloween is everybody's business. Not just parents or children, drivers on the road need to be extra careful in paying attention to kids out trick-or-treating.

Gray recommends drivers make sure their headlights are on even if it isn't that dark out, as they need to be prepared for the unexpected. 

But, drivers aren't the only ones who need to be extra mindful, trick-or-treaters and parents are recommended to carry flashlights or incorporate reflectors or blinking lights into their costumes. Pedestrians need to do everything possible to be seen at all times.

Critical hours for drivers and families to be alert are from 5 p.m. to about 9 p.m. in Colorado Springs. Gray stresses that drivers should not be distracted, particularly with texting and driving and be cognizant of surroundings.

Gray does believe that the word is getting out on flashlights and wearing reflective clothing on Halloween as people seem to be more aware. She says things have been getting better over the years, but there has been a spike in auto-pedestrian crashes nation wide.

Gray said this means more people on the roads are not paying enough attention, as well as pedestrians being distracted. Halloween should be a fun holiday where everybody is cautious and safe. 

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