OSP offers Halloween safety tips

Oregon State Police is warning motorists to be alert while driving Halloween night and to "keep the Halloween party off the roads."

OSP reported that Halloween night is one of the deadliest times of year for crashes involving impaired drivers. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration statistics show 52 percent of all crash fatalities occurring on Halloween night from 2007-2011 involved drunk drivers.

There were two traffic-related deaths during Halloween in Oregon during 2012.

In addition to not getting behind the wheel impaired, drivers should reduce speed while driving in residential neighborhoods, especially on streets with no sidewalks, or sections that are poorly lit, OSP said.

Additionally, trick or treaters should wear bright costumes with reflective tape or stickers applied, carry flashlights, and be able to see fully through masks and makeup. They should also receive a refresher on looking both ways, cross only at intersections and never dart into traffic. Elementary age children are the highest risk because they have a narrower field of vision and cannot accurately judge the speed of moving vehicles.

— Ryan Pfeil

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