Scary statistics: Area agencies push Halloween safety

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Scary statistics: Area agencies push Halloween safety

By Cory Marshall. CREATED Oct 31, 2013

TUCSON (KGUN9-TV) - They're scary statistics; according to a 2012 State Farm Insurance study, Halloween is the deadliest day for child pedestrian accidents.

In Tucson, law enforcement agencies say they would not dub Halloween as the "deadliest day," but there is cause for concern.

"You're going to have thousands of kids out on the street here in Tucson and you're still going to have normal traffic," Tucson Police Department Sgt. Chris Widmer told 9OYS.

"Our biggest concern is making sure motorists are aware of young children on the streets, crossing the street," Pima County Sheriff's Office Deputy Courtney Rodriguez added.

Police and deputies are asking parents to stay with younger children, stick to sidewalks and use crosswalks when available. For older children, make sure they have flashlights and a cell phone to stay in touch.

This Halloween holiday, NextCare Urgent Care is offering free x-ray scans of trick-or-treat candy. The scan checks for tampered candy.

Select NextCare locations in Tucson are offering the complimentary candy check on October 31 through midnight.