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Halloween is a very exciting time for kids, and for adults as well. We all need to do our part to make sure Halloween events are fun and safe.

Drivers can do their part to help protect trick-or-treaters by following these driving safety tips on Halloween, or at any time your community hosts Halloween activities.

1. Watch for children darting into the street. Kids can cross the street anywhere, and most young pedestrian deaths happen at spots other than intersections.

2. Drive slowly, and don’t pass stopped vehicles. The driver might be dropping off children.

3. Yield to young pedestrians. Children might not stop, either because they don’t see your vehicle approaching or don’t know how to safely cross the street.

4. Park your mobile phone. Avoid distractions by waiting until your vehicle is stopped to call, text, or surf.

5. Communicate with other drivers. Always use your turn signals. If you do pull over to drop off or pick up your kids, turn on your 4-way flashers.

Please be especially careful between 4:00 PM and 8:00 PM as this is when most severe young pedestrian collisions happen. Thanks everyone for doing your part!

Pat Budke,  Buffalo Police Chief,

Board chair, Safe Communities of Wright County

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