Kids Anticipate Trick or Treat; UHP Looks for Drunk Drivers

Kids Anticipate Trick or Treat; UHP Looks for Drunk Drivers

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Sammy Linebaugh reportingThe spookiest day of the year is here, and as kids get ready to trick or treat, Utah Highway Patrol troopers are on alert for drunk drivers.

For kids it's a day of fun, but it only takes a second for that celebrating to turn deadly. That's why UHP is out in force.

The UHP message, don't drink and drive. Halloween is one of the heaviest nights for drunk driving arrests each year. The heightened danger, of course, is the fact that thousands of kids will be on the sidewalks and crossing streets, a potentially deadly mix if you've got an impaired driver on the road.

UHP has asked troopers across the state to work extra shifts. In fact, they've been out in force all weekend. If you plan to hit the parties tonight, make sure to designate a driver.

Now for kids in costume, parents may be already well-aware of safety tips, like wear light colors or attach a reflector on the costume, to make sure kids are visible.

Another good idea: sew your child's name and phone number somewhere on their clothing -- not where it's visible, but just in case they somehow become lost. Also, if a chaparone is not going with your child or a group of friends, make sure you know the route they plan to take.

And, as unfashionable as it may be with that princess costume, make sure they're dressed warmly and wearing comfortable shoes.

If you're looking for an alternative to knocking on doors, kids Halloween parties are happening across the valley at malls and other public locations. Here are just a few:

Layton Hills Mall is hosting hallway trick or treating from 5-7 tonight.

In Park City, Main Street will shut down from 2:30 this afternoon until 5, so merchants can hand out candy to kids.

In Holladay, "Trick-or-Treat Street" is hosted by several Highland Drive Businesses at 45th South, from 6 until 10 pm. And in downtown Salt Lake, West High School students are throwing a halloween party at the Neighborhood House on 5th South.

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