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Cuyahoga County led Ohio in pedestrian-involved crashes last Halloween; officials hope for safer 2022

There are several tips both trick-or-treaters and drivers can adhere to this weekend.

CLEVELAND — In 2021, there were 33 pedestrian-involved crashes in Ohio during Halloween weekend, according to the Ohio State Highway Patrol.

Cuyahoga County led the state with six of those crashes, including the only fatal crash during the holiday period.

Sgt. Bridget Matt with OSHP told 3News they usually see a rise in pedestrian-related crashes during the holidays. Summit and Stark counties also had multiple similar crashes last Halloween, but Franklin County (Columbus) and Hamilton County (Cincinnati) were right behind Cuyahoga with five incidents.

"We would recommend for kids, as well as those accompanying the children, to be dressed in something bright or reflective on their clothing," Matt said.

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If you're heading out to trick or treat when it's dark, Matt also encourages families to bring flashlights along for the trip.

Being safe isn't just on those heading out into the streets, though; it's also for those who are hitting the roads. Some precautions motorists can take include turning off your radio, setting your phone to airplane mode, and reducing your speed through residential neighborhoods.

"We would encourage them to be alert and aware of your surroundings," Matt declared.

3News has compiled a complete list of trick or treat times throughout Northeast Ohio communities, which you can view here.


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