Halloween deadly for young children

Associated Press - October 29, 2010 4:15 AM ET

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - The Tennessee Highway Patrol reminds motorists that Halloween is the most dangerous day of the year for pedestrian injuries and deaths among young children.

A news release from the THP said troopers will be prepared this weekend to patrol and remove drunken drivers.

Last year in Tennessee, two people were killed in two crashes on Halloween between midnight, Oct. 31, through 6 a.m., Nov. 1. Both of the crashes involved alcohol. A year earlier, seven died during the same period.

THP Col. Tracy Trott said, "Our Halloween plea to everyone is to keep the party off the road."

Troopers encouraged partygoers to designate a sober driver in advance or take a taxi. Parents should closely watch children and teach them to obey safety rules.

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