It's Halloween: Please Refrain From Running Over Ghosts and Goblins With Your Car

Categories: Pedestrians

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This is your last warning
The only thing scarier than ghosts, goblins, witches and bitchy pumpkins, is a scenario where a costumed trick or treater gets plowed down by a car.

We're not meaning to be cynical -- there's a reason San Francisco authorities have issued a warning to everyone who plans on participating in tonight's Halloween festivities: San Francisco is the no. 1 place for trick-or-treating and it's also a top spot for pedestrian fatalities.

So on the most walkable holiday -- whether your trick-or-treating or bar hopping -- , WalkSF's executive director, Nicole Schneider, is asking everyone to be even more attentive than usual. That means no texting and walking, no changing into costume while driving, and for the love of God, get your head out of your bag of candy.

Already, the city is grappling with a new and frightful reality: The number of pedestrians hit by cars reached a 12-year high last year.

"Three pedestrians are hit by cars every day in our city, and, with the public up in arms, Mayor Lee released the Pedestrian Strategy calling for a 50 percent reduction in collisions by 2021," Schneider said in a statement.

"The time is ripe to reclaim our streets for everyone to enjoy," she said.

Even the most ghoulish souls.

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