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Pedestrians, motorists urged to use caution this Halloween

As Jack-o’-lanterns, cobwebs and candy decorate towns across the country, local and state officials reminded drivers and pedestrians to stay safe this Halloween.

“We absolutely encourage both pedestrians and drivers to be extra safe during Halloween activities. That means always being alert for other vehicles and people nearby, and especially putting down electronic devices while walking,” said Carlsbad Mayor Dale Janway. “For drivers, please be extra cautious this year, especially when driving in areas with a large number of pedestrians.”

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October is Pedestrian Safety Month. The New Mexico Department of Transportation stated that the goal is to increase awareness around pedestrian safety and remind drivers to watch for pedestrians each time they are behind the wheel.