Enforcing pedestrian safety: staying safe on Halloween

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RENO, Nev. (KOLO) - According to the nonprofit organization Safe Kids, children are more than twice as likely to be hit by a car and killed on Halloween than any other day of the year.

Washoe County School District Police Chief, Jason Trevino, encourages drivers to stay home if possible when kids are out trick or treating and for parents to never leave their kids unsupervised.

"Make sure you're helping them cross the streets," said Trevino. "Make sure they're not crossing mid block or darting out in front of cars and those type of things. Drivers aren't use to seeing kids and kids see that light across the street and there they go."

Realtor and parent Stephanie Smith said pedestrian safety is always a main concern, which is why she said Keller Williams Realty hosts a safe trick or treating event in their building every year.

"It's in a closed building so we're not out in traffic and we see who comes and goes, which has been really great," said Smith.

Wearing bright and reflective clothing is also recommended.

Reno Police Deputy Chief Oliver Miller said it's not enough to just teach kids about safety, but to practice it as well.

"Have an understanding that a cross walk is not a protective barrier to stop a child or anyone from being hit by a vehicle," added Miller. "The Reno Police Department is reinforcing pedestrian related incidents. We are educating our community and we're working with our traffic engineers to ensure our roadways are safe in those traffic prone areas."

Nevada Highway Patrol also has more safety reminders here:

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