Valley family reminding children, parents to stay safe on Halloween

PHOENIX - It's a great time to dress up and have fun but police and safety experts say Halloween is quickly becoming one of the most dangerous times of the year.

A trend the Romero family knows all too well. "He was the laughter in our family, now the laughter is gone," said Jesse Romero.

Romero's son Joey Romero was killed by an impaired driver three years ago on Halloween night.

Romero says his son was walking home from work when a woman high on drugs swerved off the road and hit the then 18-year-old. Romero first heard the news from a Valley police officer and knew there was nothing he could do.

"Watching my son die. That was incredibly hard. Watching him lying there and knowing I was helpless. I was so angry," said Romero.

Romero says this Halloween he wants to remind people that there are real life consequences to Halloween night decisions.

Police departments are also trying to remind party goers.  Several Valley police departments will be working together as part of D.U.I task force in the East Valley. In a news release Tempe police ask "drivers, please remember that kids of all ages will be out, and use extra caution on Halloween night.  As always, our most important goal is to keep everyone in our community safe."

Even Libraries are working together to try and make kids safe. Glendale Public Library is sponsoring a "Be Safe. Be seen on Halloween" campaign. As part of the campaign the library is handing out kits with reflective trick-or-treat bags, reflective bumper stickers, reflective tape and even flashing buttons children can pin to their costumes.

The kits are available at all 3 Glendale library locations.

Those libraries are located at 5959 West Brown Street, 19055 North 57th Avenue, and 7010 North 58th Avenue.

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