NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - The Tennessee Highway Patrol says it plans to increase patrols to protect trick-or-treaters on Halloween.

The THP says Halloween is one of the top days for pedestrian injuries. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates children are four times as likely to be struck by a vehicle on Halloween as any other day.

On Thursday, troopers will conduct bar and tavern checks, sobriety checkpoints, and seat belt saturations across the state.

The highway patrol is advising drivers to slow down, watch for children walking on roads, medians and curbs, and avoid drinking and driving.

Trick-or-treaters and their parents are advised to stay on sidewalks, cross only at corners or crosswalks, use a flashlight and wear retro-reflective strips or patches on clothing.

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