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Police offer Halloween safety tips

Officers recommend people take extra safety precautions during the Halloween weekend. Officers recommend people take extra safety precautions during the Halloween weekend.
JACKSON, MO (KFVS) - Halloween is supposed be a little scary, but police in the Heartland suggest parents and kids take extra precautions to stay safe during the spooky holiday.

According to auto insurer State Farm, Halloween is the deadliest day of the year for young pedestrians, with twice as many deaths as on a typical day.

Kids ages 12 to 18 are the most at risk because they are typically roaming the streets without any parental supervision.

Drunk driving is also a threat during the holiday.

The National Highway Safety Administration reports the number of fatal crashes involving drunken drivers rises from the usual 30 percent to nearly 50 percent.

"With the older kids they're trying to hide," Officer Ron Styer with Jackson Police said. "So they're wearing all dark clothes and they're sneaking around and no one is going to see them. So they need to look for cars just like they were taught when they were young, look both ways before you cross the street."

Kentucky Police offered the following tips:

  • Be sure your child's costume does not obstruct their vision and is not so cumbersome where they can trip over it.
  • Make sure your child carries a flashlight, glow stick or has reflective tape on their costume to make them more visible.
  • Younger children should be accompanied by an adult or older sibling.
  • Instruct your children not to eat any treats until they have been checked by an adult.
  • Make sure your child is able to see out of their mask properly and can walk in their costume without tripping.
  • Remind kids not to enter a strange house or car.
  • Inspect your child's candy before they eat it. Discard any unwrapped or suspicious looking goodies. If your child does get sick, call your doctor or the hospital emergency room immediately and save all wrappers. It is also helpful to determine what he or she ate and where it came from.
  • Talk to your children about 'stranger-danger' and the safety precautions when around someone they do not know.

Kentucky State Police and the Jackson Police Department say drivers should expect to see more troopers and officers on the road over the holiday weekend.

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