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TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) -

AAA officials offer safety tips for parents and young ghouls and ghosts on the roads and on the sidewalks this Halloween.

Halloween is the deadliest night for pedestrians, according to the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety.

"AAA reminds parents and caregivers to be vigilant, as children can easily become distracted by the excitement of the night," said Linda Gorman, director of communications and public affairs for AAA Arizona. "Stay safe this Halloween by using extra caution and celebrating responsibly."

AAA urges drivers to take the following precautions to keep roads safer this Halloween:

- Slow down: A pedestrian is more than twice as likely to be killed if they're hit by a car traveling at 30 miles per hour compared to 25 miles per hour, according to AAA.

- Buckle up: If you're driving trick-or-treaters, always use appropriate restraints and child seats. Also, have children exit and enter on the passenger side of the vehicle. No exceptions for large or bulky costumes!

- Keep watch: Look for kids walking on streets, driveways, medians and curbs. Excited trick-or-treaters, often in dark costumes, may have reduced visibility, may not pay attention to traffic and may cross mid-block or between parked cars.

- Avoid distractions, including text messaging and cell phone use, in order to keep 100 percent of your focus on safe driving.

Staying visible is another safety tip AAA officials stress. Having a child carry or wear something lit like a flashlight, glow stick or reflective tape enhances visibility.

Masks can be a safety hazard because they can restrict breathing and obscure vision. Parents may want to consider cutting larger holes around the nose,  mouth and eye areas. Also, officials warn to be careful with costumes that drag and pose a tripping hazard.

For more information, visit AAA.com/trafficsafety.

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