Local law enforcement to be out in force on October 31
By ROBERT S. MERRILL
Both Preston Police Chief Val Sparrow and Franklin County Sheriff Don Beckstead 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 Wednesday. The biggest thing we want to concentrate on is the safety of children who may be out trick–or-treating, said Sheriff Beckstead. “I am advising parents to accompany children.”
Sparrow said he encourages children to attend organized parties and activities so there is more control over the type of candy and goodies that is 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 cross walks and always look both ways,” said Beckstead.
Sparrow 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.
This story is sponsored by Franklin County Medical Center.
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