It only takes a second -- Halloween and other days

Any reader of the Tri-City Herald has to have noticed what Friday's top headline painfully pointed out: Distracted drivers costing lives.

Our photographers have been on the scene of several fatal crashes over the past month.

Too many.

The accidents still are under investigation, but preliminary reports indicate a driver was distracted either with something inside the car or out.

Hold onto that idea for a moment and consider that tonight is Halloween.

Preoccupied, hard-to-see kids will be out in droves.

If drivers occasionally are distracted, Trick-or-Treaters are constantly distracted. What's inside their bag or what's waiting for them at the next house is far more interesting than looking both ways before stepping out into the street.

This is an editorial we seem to write every year, but it's worth saying one more time: Be especially attentive on the road tonight.

The other thought pressing on our minds and hearts carries beyond Oct. 31.

Statistics show that if you take your eyes off the road for two seconds, you double your chance of being in an auto accident.

So how long does it take to adjust the radio, send a text or grab a bite of a hamburger? Oh, we're guessing you could probably do any of those in ... um ... let's say ... two seconds?