Wednesday, October 10 2012 2:39 PM EDT2012-10-10 18:39:48 GMT
From Children's Healthcare of Atlanta: Halloween is one of the most exciting holidays for children because they can dress up in elaborate costumes and act out of character. However, as the sun goes down
With Halloween celebrations underway, parents and children need to know how to make good decisions when it comes to trick-or-treating. Everyone must be aware of the "dos" and "don'ts" for making this holiday a safe one for your kids.
WASHINGTON (AP) - With Halloween falling on a Friday this fall, AAA is warning that can lead to what it calls a "frightening" spike in the number of drunk driving deaths.
The auto club cites federal highway statistics that show the number of motor vehicle fatalities increases an average of 30% when Halloween falls on a weekend compared to other days of the week. And it says nearly half of those fatal crashes are alcohol-related.
AAA is urging both partygoers and trick-or-treaters to make plans to keep themselves safe. For trick-or-treaters and their parents, they recommend bright, reflective costumes that make a child easy to see, or short of that, adding reflective tape to costumes or treat buckets. Among other precautions, AAA also recommends bringing a flashlight with fresh batteries.
For those headed to parties, the auto club suggests planning a travel route that avoids residential areas. It also says to make sure the driver has not been drinking, or consider staying overnight.
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