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Drivers: slow down and watch for trick-or-treaters, CHP says

Halloween might be a spooky night, but authorities are warning motorists to cut down on the scare factor by staying sober and aware, and by slowing down -- especially in areas where trick-or-treaters are out.

California Highway Patrol Sgt. Diana McDermott said pedestrians of all ages are twice as likely to be hit by a car tonight compared to other nights.

She advised both drivers and pedestrians to be alert and cautious.

For those out in costume and knocking on doors, McDermott advised wearing reflective clothing or incorporating something like a glow stick into costumes "to ensure you are visible to passing traffic."

McDermott said younger children should accompanied by an adult, and that everyone should use extra care when crossing streets.

Some older revelers celebrate Halloween with costume parties and alcohol, which can lead to perilous situations on Bay Area roadways if someone who is drinking gets behind the wheel, McDermott said.

She said partygoers need to designate a sober driver.

Extra patrols will be deployed throughout the region tonight, keeping an eye out for drunken drivers, McDermott said.

McDermott said Halloween festivities usually spill over into the weekend, and that safe driving practices need to continue beyond Halloween.

"People need to make better choices to take care of themselves and others," she said.

— Bay City News Service

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