The Missouri State Highway Patrol has some words of caution for those who venture outside Thursday evening evening. Click to hear KMZU’s Sarah Scott speak with Sergeant Colin Stosberg:

Colin Stosberg

“Halloween’s always a fun time. If you find yourself driving on Halloween, make sure you slow down and stay alert. There will be excited trick-or-treaters crossing streets in subdivisions and throughout different communities. And they may not always look for vehicles that are on the street,” said Stosberg, “And many parents will drive their children around neighborhoods as they trick-or-trick. So expect changes in normal traffic patterns. And just be a courteous driver.”

Those who choose to drink need to take extra precautions. “We want to remind all drivers that alcohol, even in small amounts, slows your reaction time and dulls the senses. And excited trick-or-treaters may not look for cars on the street as they dash from one house to the next. So if you choose to drink on Halloween, remember to choose a designated driver. I cannot stress the importance enough not to drink and drive.”

Stosberg says the Patrol will have troopers out across the state enforcing DWI laws.