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Halloween safety tips from Norman Police Department

BY CAPT. TOM EASLEY, Norman Police Department Modified: October 24, 2012 at 10:17 am •  Published: October 24, 2012

NORMAN -- Trick or Treat will be observed in Norman on Wednesday, Oct. 31. The Norman Police Department has the following recommendations to help make it a safe and enjoyable time for all.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, children are four times more likely to be in fatal pedestrian accidents on Halloween than on any other night of the year. This statistic is not intended to scare you but to help you prepare your children for a safe Halloween.

There are several reasons why children are more likely to be hurt in pedestrian accidents:

They often choose to take the shortest route, which may mean darting out between parked cars rather than take the safer route of crossing at corners.

They're poor at evaluating potential traffic threats.

They're more likely to disregard their peripheral vision and are less attentive of their street surroundings.

They have a tendency to believe they're indestructible and are more likely to take risks.

They need to be told that some people driving cars will not slow down for them.

They can't cross streets as rapidly as adults.

They may be distracted by other children's costumes, behaviors, and home decorations.

Motorists should be especially watchful for Trick or Treaters:

· Watch for children darting out from between parked cars.

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