Family nearly struck by car on Halloween

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FLORISSANT, MO (KTVI)-- Mark Bennett was leading his family into a Florissant neighborhood on Halloween night when a car started backing up toward them.

Bennett shouted, 'Stop!'  He told us the car nearly ran into his family.

"They`re just totally ignoring people," said Bennett.

Bennett wishes cities would shut down vehicle traffic on Halloween in neighborhoods known for heavy foot traffic.

St. Louis County police staffed safe centers throughout the county.  Officer gave candy, reflective tape and glow sticks to children.

One of the stations was in the driveway of Uplands Park resident Sherry Brackins.   She said neighbors simply wanted a way to celebrate Halloween while staying safe.

"The streets can be dark," explained Brackins.

Sgt. Francis Gomez stayed on her front porch to help distribute the candy.

"Just drive as slowly as you can," said Gomez.

Statistics show children are more likely to be struck and killed by a vehicle on Halloween than the other night of the year.