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Stay safe on Halloween

Decorations at Trick or Treat Safety Street in the CVIC Hall in Minden. Halloween parties are a safe alternative to trick or treating on the streets.
Shannon Litz | R-C file photo

One in four child pedestrians killed by a motor vehicle during the year die on Halloween, according to the National Transportation Safety Board.

In 2011, 38 percent of fatalities on Oct. 31 occurred in a crash involving a driver who was legally drunk, and over five years from 2007 to 2011 23 percent of pedestrian fatalities involved a drunk driver.

Children are always at greater risk as pedestrians because of their shorter stature and unreliable judgment about when and where to cross streets. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the number of deaths among young pedestrians from 5 to 14 years of age is four times higher on Halloween, between 4 p.m. and 10 p.m.

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