By ROBERT S. MERRILL
Both Preston Police Chief Ken Geddes and Franklin County Sheriff Dave Fryar said law enforcement will be out and about on Halloween this year patrolling communities on Oct. 31, to ensure the safety of children.
Halloween this year falls on Thursday. The biggest thing he wants to concentrate on is the safety of children who may be out trick-or-treating, said Geddes. “I am advising parents to accompany children.”
Fryar said he encourages children to attend organized parties and activities so there is more control over the type of candy and goodies that are collected.
“Young children should always have an adult or an older, responsible child with them. Children should walk, not run, from house-to-house and use sidewalks if available, rather than walking in the streets. Children should always use crosswalks and always look both ways,” said Geddes.
He said youngsters should be cautioned against running from between parked cars or across lawns and yards where ornaments, furniture or clotheslines present dangers. He also suggests pumpkins be kept on porches or close to the house to avoid problems.
“The city has a curfew ordinance and it will be enforced on Halloween,” he said.
The sheriff said both children and adults should carry flashlights with them on Halloween.
“Light-colored or reflective clothing is really helpful and enables motorists to see children a lot easier. Reflective tape can be attached to costumes. Bags or sacks should also be light colored or decorated with reflective tape. Motorists need to be extra careful on Halloween, starting about 5 p.m. when trick-or-treaters get started.”
Both law enforcement agencies will have a number of extra personnel on patrol on Halloween watching for vandalism and other infractions. Fryar said if children, parents or anyone else notice something “funny” about candy or other items collected on Halloween, they should bring the item(s) to the sheriff’s office, or police department for closer examination.
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