Halloween and Friday night: Police urge safety first for trick-or-treaters and drivers

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DENVER -- The forecast may be perfect for Halloween Friday night, but police say the combination of "trick-or-treaters" and Friday night partiers -- could create a perfect storm on the roads.

For one, police say they will be out in force to make sure they keep impaired drivers off the road, but they're also asking families to keep their kids safe as they venture out into neighborhoods.

When Lakewood city employees took their kids to the annual Halloween carnival on Thursday, many took the opportunity to go over their safety plans for the big night on Friday.

"What do we carry?” Wendy Shrader asked her two young boys.

“Flashlights,” they responded.

"What else do we do to stay safe?" Shrader asked.

"Cross the street, look both ways," they responded.

"(My son) has to stick with us at all times,” said Nicole Stehr. “He knows not to wonder ever and hold hands."

With perfect weather expected “trick-or-treaters” aren't the only ones asked to remember the rules of the road.

"We're just asking motorists to be very, very aware of the fact that there are that many kids out," said Lakewood Police spokesperson Steve Davis.

Davis says he expects a busier than normal Halloween because of the weather and the fact that it falls on a Friday. He said drivers should expect to see sobriety enforcement wherever they are. Lakewood is one of many departments working with the Colorado State Patrol to crack down on partiers who get behind the wheel, and they’re not just concerned about alcohol.

"The last few checkpoints we've done it's almost half and half, alcohol and marijuana, that we make arrests for,” Davis said.

Distracted drivers are just as dangerous. On Monday, two Lakewood police officers dressed up in costumes and walked near a school to raise awareness about crosswalk safety. During the exercise, cameras caught a driver speeding through a crosswalk as an officer in a banana costume was trying to cross.

"It was kind of scary because if you could miss a huge yellow banana in a crosswalk then these (kids) would be pretty easy to miss," Shrader said.

"Someone always seems to be distracted one way or another,” Stehr said. “You have to be so careful."

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