How to stay safe this Halloween - - Jackson, MS

How to stay safe this Halloween

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JACKSON, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

Halloween is the day of the year children are most likely to be hit by cars.

The American Medical Response Team advises you always hold your child's hand, make sure they walk not run, and dress them in a costume that doesn't obstruct their vision or make it hard to breathe.

"For every catastrophic injury, there are hundreds - if not thousands - of less serious injuries that are painful as the dickens and scary as all get-out," said Jim Pollard, who works with AMR in Central Mississippi.

Police will have an increased patrol presence tonight, making sure people drive carefully and soberly through neighborhoods.

The City of Clinton has chosen tonight to roll out a brand new traffic unit.

"Ensure that the kids that are out trick-or-treating in various neighborhoods - that they're safe," said Chief Ford Hayman at the Clinton Police Department. "I ask people: slow down tonight."

And the risks aren't just limited to children. Halloween is also one of the biggest party nights of the year.

"And remember that the designated driver is the person who drinks no alcohol, not the person who drinks the least," Pollard added.

The Consumer Product Safety Commission says last year, there were more than 4,000 people who needed medical attention after a Halloween-related incident.

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