Spooks and Ghouls Out Trick or Treating; Motorists Should be Watchful

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October 30, 2012 Updated Oct 31, 2013 at 10:03 AM CDT

St. Paul, MN (Northland's NewsCenter) --- Ghouls and ghosts will be out in full on Wednesday as thousands of kids trick or treat around their neighborhoods, so drivers need to watch out for increased pedestrian traffic.

Increased pedestrian traffic is expected throughout October 31st during the afternoon and evening hours.

The days are also getting shorter, meaning for many, rush hour is getting darker making it more difficult for drivers to see pedestrians.

The Minnesota Department of Transportation offers these tips for drivers during Halloween:
- Slow down in residential neighborhoods and school zones.
- Scan the road and sides of the road ahead for pedestrians.
- Look carefully behind your vehicle, especially for small children, before backing up.
- Avoid distractions—put away the cell phones.

MnDOT is also asking that parents and children take these safety steps to ensure a safe Halloween night:
- Make eye contact with drivers and ensure they see you and will stop before stepping into the road.
- Cross the street in well-lit areas.
- Wear bright-colored clothing and reflective material or carry a flashlight.
- Cross streets at corners, not mid-block.
- Walk on sidewalks or pathways. If there are no sidewalks, walk facing traffic as far to the left as possible.

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