Records show no spike in crashes Halloween night

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by BREANNA ROY & KREM.com

KREM.com

Posted on October 31, 2013 at 5:46 AM

Updated Thursday, Oct 31 at 12:20 PM

SPOKANE, Wash. -- Even though Halloween means lots of kids will go outside, crossing streets to trick-or-treat in the dark of the night, numbers in Spokane and Kootenai Counties show collisions between cars and pedestrians on Halloween night are not more common than any other night of the year.

In fact, the city of Coeur d'Alene and Kootenai County have had no reported collisions between cars and pedestrians on October 31 the past five years.

In Spokane, the highest number of crashes in the past five years occurred on Halloween 2008. Since then, there has been no unusual trend of crashes on this day in the city or the county.  2008 saw three crashes in the city.  Otherwise, there were one or no crashes in the City of Spokane and Spokane County on Halloween night from 2009-2012.

Spokane’s Traffic Sergeant said those numbers are about average for any day of the year.

Officers, however, are still warning people that crossing the streets is always dangerous, not just on Halloween night.  Police say it is important for pedestrians to be visible and make sure drivers see them before crossing the street.

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