Drivers using area highways face a heightened danger over the next few weeks.
One reason is that the aftermath of superstorm Sandy has littered roads with trees and limbs and, in higher elevations, snow and ice.
Then there are Halloween trick-or-treating activities that were postponed because of the storm.
Costumed youngsters will be out in Westernport, the tri-towns area and Frostburg Saturday from 6 to 8 p.m.; in Lonaconing and Midland on Sunday from 4 to 6 p.m., and in Ridgeley and Carpendale next Wednesday from 5 to 7 p.m.
According to the National Highway Safety Administration, Halloween is the second most dangerous time for pedestrians.
Nighttime driving is more dangerous than daytime. When a driver is under the influence of alcohol, the consequences can be lethal to vehicle occupants and pedestrians.
The Maryland State Highway Adminstration notes that storm-related problems have darkened some traffic lights.
The agency urges motorists to be vigilant and also asks that pedestrians take extra precaution by wearing bright clothing or some type of reflective device and crossing at well lit intersections.
Up-to-date highway information is available by dialing 511 or visiting the website www.md.511.org or www.traffic.maryland.gov.