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AAA Michigan: Trick Or Treat Safety Alert

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Tomorrow is Halloween. And while most tend to get excited about the day, AAA Michigan has issued its annual safety alert, for children and adults.  AAA officials says Halloween can be one of the most deadly nights of the year for both pedestrians and motorists.

“Halloween can be one of the most deadly nights of the year with the increased number of pedestrians trick-or-treating, the risk of cell phone distraction while driving or walking and potentially impaired party goers behind the wheel, it makes for a frightening combination.”

That’s Steven Giffel, Field Sales Manager, with AAA West Michigan Territory.  AAA says Halloween is meant to be scary, but not when it comes to driving safety.  The centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that children are four times more likely to be struck by a motor vehicle on Halloween than any other day of the year.  Giffel says there are a number of things AAA recommends as it relates to motorists and parents.

“For motorists, just ditch distraction.  Such as cell phone use. Drive sober. And slow down for motorists.  For parents, provide adult supervision and  refrain from cell phone use and social media.”

And As for the trick or treaters, Giffel’s recommendation is simple:

“What we look for in that. Be bright at night. Carry a flashlight. Don’t wear a mask or disguise that will obstruct your vision.  Be smart, be safe and be seen on Halloween” 

Jennifer is an award winning broadcast news journalist with more than two decades of professional television news experience including the nation's fifth largest news market. She's worked as both news reporter and news anchor for television and radio in markets from Grand Rapids and Kalamazoo all the way to San Francisco, California.