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Police Offer Halloween Safety Tips

As you take your little one out for tricks and treats on Wednesday night, police want you to remember to stay aware of your surroundings.

Gene Wriggelsworth, Ingham County Sheriff: "This time of year we have a lot more accidents than we do any other time of year."

And studies show most of those accidents happen between 5 and 9pm, prime time for candy seeking ghouls.

Wriggelsworth: "Kids are excited, particularly the little ones, they run across the street- they cant wait to get to the next house."

The sheriff says one of the most dangerous parts of Halloween can be the masks, which can keep you from seeing oncoming traffic

Wriggelsworth: "Its gonna be dark, its gonna be wet and its gonna be hard to see little people running around neighborhoods."

And statistics show young drivers pose the greatest risk to trick-or-treaters.

Wriggelsworth: "They're distracted by everything in their car, they're distracted by their music, they're distracted by their phones and texting and other people in the car."

That's why the sheriff says parents need to tag along and pay attention.

Wriggelsworth: "We caution parents, go with your youngsters, even up to the age of 13."

Because while the children might want a little fright on Halloween, nobody wants to see a tragedy.

MSP says it's also stepped up patrol this week to catch drunk drivers.

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