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Halloween Driving Safety

The most frightening thing about Halloween isn't a spooky costume or a haunted house, it's an alarming statistic...

"Halloween is actually the deadliest accident day for children," said State Farm Agent Carol Walker.

According to a recent study conducted by State Farm, six children every year will die on October 31st, more than double the average on other days. Drivers who are most likely involved in these child pedestrian accidents are between the ages of fifteen to twenty five

Walker has some advice for drivers of all ages when it comes to Halloween. The most important thing to remember is to remain attentive and avoid any distractions. Most accidents do not occur at the crosswalk or at an intersection, but in the middle of the block.

"Children are going from house to house if they are in residential areas, so you got to really watch that middle of the block," Walker said. 

Walker also said to avoid tailgating, because people could be dropping off children, and those kids may be too excited to watch where they are going. Other tips include using your hazard lights, and allowing yourself plenty of time to get to your final Hallows Eve destination. 

"It is an exciting night, and we want everybody to have fun but to be safe," Walker cautioned. 

The same study found that the most dangerous time for trick-or-treaters is from 6-7 p.m. That's important to keep in mind, as the city of Wichita Falls suggests prime trick-or-treating times are from six to eight at night. 

Be sure to keep your eyes peeled for trick-or-treaters as you hit the roads tomorrow night..

Dave Caulfield, Newschannel 6

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