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Halloween safety tips offered

Posted - Oct. 29, 2004 at 4:40 p.m.



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AURORA, Ill., Oct 29, 2004 (United Press International via COMTEX) -- Children out trick-or-treating are four times more likely to be hit and fatally injured by an automobile on Halloween than any other night of the year.

AAA Chicago is urging motorists to slow down and drive 5 miles per hour under the posted speed limit this weekend when Halloween revelers are on the streets.

"Halloween is a thrilling time of year for children, but it's also a time when motorists and parents of trick-or-treaters must be especially cautious and alert," said Kris Lathan, a AAA Chicago spokeswoman.

"This is the one day of the year when thousands of communities are brimming with children who are out on foot canvassing for candy. So, safety is of utmost importance."

AAA offered these tips: trick-or-treat in daylight, plan your route in advance, always have an adult or responsible older child accompany younger ones, stay on sidewalks, carry a flashlight if out after dark, trim costumes with reflective tape, and don't wear masks that restrict vision.

Copyright 2004 by United Press International.

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