Craig briefs: AAA pulls statistics on Halloween traffic safety |

Craig briefs: AAA pulls statistics on Halloween traffic safety

Every Halloween, monsters, zombies and ghouls fill the streets across Colorado to celebrate. And if that’s not scary enough, AAA uncovered some frightening statistics. According to the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety, today is the deadliest night of the year for pedestrians. 

During Halloween trick or treating, AAA Colorado urges parents and motorists to look at roadways from the child’s point of view. Most children lack a sense of danger. They may not understand that being hit by an automobile may seriously hurt them.

■ Children’s peripheral vision is two-thirds that of an adult so they might not see oncoming traffic.

■ Children have difficulty determining where a sound is coming from. Traffic noises may confuse them.

■ Children have difficulty judging a car’s speed and distance.

■ Children think that if they can see an adult driving a car toward them, the driver is able to see them.

All motorists should watch for children walking on streets, medians and curbs. Excited trick-or-treaters, often in dark costumes, may not pay attention to traffic and cross mid-block or between parked cars.

Motorists reminded to slow down for wildlife

As Sunday brings an end to daylight saving-saving time, Colorado Parks and Wildlife reminds Colorado motorists of the higher risk of being involved in a wildlife-related accident.

According to the Colorado Department of Transportation, November sees more car accidents involving wildlife than any other month.

Visibility is poor when many of our big game animals are most active. Deer are extremely vulnerable to being struck this time of year because this is their peak mating season. They are more mobile, easily distracted and more likely to be crossing roadways.

According to transportation studies, motor vehicle accidents involving wildlife rank as the third leading cause for crashes behind speeding and inattentive driving. These statistics include severe property damage, injuries and fatalities.

Applications available for artisans market

The 2015 Holiday Artisans Market is set for Dec. 4 and 5. Artisans from Northwest Colorado are encouraged to apply for space at the event. For more information and to request the online application, email

Veterans sought for feature in newspaper

The Craig Daily Press staff is looking for veterans to highlight in the newspaper for Veteran’s Day on Nov. 11. Veterans, and those who know veterans, who would like recognition in Craig’s local paper, are asked to send names and phone numbers to, or call 970-875-1790.

Preserving The Last Frontier meets today

Preserving The Last Frontier will meet at 1:30 p.m. today on the second floor of Sunset Meadows I, 633 Ledford St. The program will be given by Joe Sullivan on the battle at Milk Creek. For additional information, call 970-824-6761.

Paper welcomes reader photo submissions

The Craig Daily Press welcomes photo submissions from community members. If you have cool photos you took while on vacation, camping or hunting, or even photos of your child’s birthday party, submit them to

Photos must be at least one megabyte in size and clear, meaning blurry photos should not be submitted. Include the name of those in the photo, along with the date and place it was taken. The newspaper prefers recent and timely photos.

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