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MoDOT Offers Halloween Safety Tips

As little ghosts and goblins embark on their quests for candy this weekend, the Missouri Department of Transportation is urging trick-or-treaters and drivers to stay alert for each other.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, children are three times more likely to be struck and killed by a car on Halloween than on any other day of the year.

Since 2015, Missouri has seen more fatal crashes involving pedestrians in October than any other month.

Drivers should avoid distractions; so they’re aware of any pedestrians walking on or near the roadways.

Be especially cautious in the dark, as children in dark clothing may be difficult to see.

Drivers should also slow down in areas where pedestrians are likely to be and never drive impaired.

Pedestrians should also make smart choices, such as bringing a flashlight to make themselves as visible as possible to passing motorists.

Trick-or-treaters should always walk on a sidewalk wherever one is available.

If one isn’t available, walk facing traffic and as far to the side as safely possible.

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