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Keeping kids safe while trick-or-treating

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According to the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration, more than twice as many children are killed in a auto-pedestrian accident between 4:00 pm and 10:00 pm on Halloween compared to the same hours any other day of the year. According to the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration, more than twice as many children are killed in a auto-pedestrian accident between 4:00 pm and 10:00 pm on Halloween compared to the same hours any other day of the year.

Forget zombies this Halloween - look out for kids crossing the street.

According to the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration, more than twice as many children are killed in a auto-pedestrian accident between 4:00 pm and 10:00 pm on Halloween compared to the same hours any other day of the year.

Alison Vivrock, a mom, says she has taught her daughter Grace about safety while trick-or-treating.

“I think as a parent always. Fortunately living in a small town there's a little safety in that but you worry about them running across the street and that sort of thing," she says.

So, she keeps an eye on Grace.

“We kind of more follow. She’s in the fourth grade so having mom along isn't the coolest thing,” she says.

While parents can keep a watchful eye, drivers should also be extra vigilant too. So, what should you watch out for while walking around the neighborhood?

First, walk corner to corner if there are no pedestrian lanes.

“Go straight across. Don’t kind of meander because you see that house with the light on and you want to get to that house,” says Cpl. Glenn Bartlett with Spokane Police.

Try not to wear masks and opt for face paint. Police say don’t drive with a mask on because it obstructs your vision and you be ticketed for negligent driving. Cpl. Bartlett says that fine can be $550.

Grace has advice too to stay safe.

“Kind of make sure that my friends are with me and they're not left behind or anything,” she says.

Police say even if it may seem obvious, it’s important to think twice to prevent accidents from happening.

For even more information, you can go to Safe Kids’ website: http://www.safekids.org/halloween

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