COLDWATER, MI (WTVB) - Forecasters across the area say this may end up the wettest ever Halloween on record in much of Michigan, adding rainy conditions and slick and slippery leaves to the mix that could make it a bit more tricky for the kids going door to door tonight in Branch County. Deb Carpenter with the West Michigan Safe Kids Coalition says a child is twice as likely to be struck and killed by a car on October 31st, than any other day of the year. She says one reason that’s true is distractions, like smart phones. So make sure the kids aren’t texting or being distracted while they’re trying to cross the street and at the same time being very conscientious of drivers.
Carpenter says it’s the older children you have to worry about...because presumably you are escorting the younger ones. When they get older, they go out with friends and it’s very important in that case that they go out with a group. She says another rule, collect it, but wait to eat it. The combination of millions of kids on sugar highs wandering the streets at one of the worst nights of the year for drunk driving is not a good combination.