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10/26/2011 - Motorists should be especially cautious around Halloween


Kids trick or treating have an elevated risk of being hit by a car.

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, as many as 40 million children between the ages of 5 and 14 will be frequenting the streets this Halloween, gathering all the candy they can while trick or treating. With this in mind, the American College of Emergency Physicians is warning motorists to be on the lookout with Halloween just around the corner.

"Children should be out having fun and spending time with family and friends," said Sandra Schneider, a physician and president of the ACEP. "They should not have to spend Halloween in the ER because of some injury that could have been easily prevented."

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that a child's risk of injury is roughly four times higher on Halloween than any other night of the year. Motorists should be especially cautious when driving through residential areas on Halloween and a few days prior to October 31 as some communities hold trick or treating early.

Selective wishes all a safe and happy Halloween. For Halloween safety advice from the CDC, click here.

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