Halloween Safety 2017

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DOTHAN, Ala. (WTVY) - Halloween is coming fast, but drivers don’t need to be.
Although scary is the theme of the night, it should not become a nightmare.
The city of Dothan set recommended trick-or-treating hours from 5:00pm to 8:00pm.
A time when drivers are heading home from work or out to a party.

Data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration shows in 2015, 36% of fatal accidents on Halloween included pedestrians.
Costumes and treat buckets should include reflective elements to make trick or treaters more visible to motorists.

Drivers, slow down—children may dart into the street to quickly get to the next sweet treat.

If a party is in your plans, be sure to arrange transportation before consuming alcohol.

Nationwide, 55 people were killed in drunk driving-related crashes on Halloween in 2015.
There are far too many options to get home safely.

Buzzed driving is still drunk driving no matter how good your costume is.

"Extra patrol is scheduled for that night, in some of our busiest neighborhoods but also just in general. We're going to be warier of traffic violations during that time, making sure everyone is on the up and up and safe." Said Sgt. David Schwab of Dothan Police Department.