Before you know it, frightful ghosts and scary goblins will be occupying the streets and sidewalks running from door step to door step this Halloween!
With this in mind, the Kentucky State Police wants to make sure parents review safety tips with their little ‘scary ones’.
Trooper Corey King, KSP Post 16 Spokesperson, says the agency wants the children to have a fun but safe trick or treating experience. “While trick or treating is fun for the kids, it also has the potential to be one of the most dangerous for them too,” says King. “Our children are outside after dark, walking along and crossing unfamiliar streets, often wearing dark colors which are difficult for motorists to see.”
King offers the following tips for parents:
- Be sure your child’s costume does not obstruct their vision and is not so cumbersome where they can trip over it.
- Make sure your child carries a flashlight, glow stick or has reflective tape on their costume to make them more visible.
- Younger children should be accompanied by an adult or older sibling.
- Before departure, monitor the weather conditions. Even a light mist of rain can distort vision for motorists and trick or treaters alike.
- Instruct your children not to eat any treats until they have been checked by an adult.
- Make sure your child is able to see out of their mask properly and can walk in their costume without tripping.
- Remind kids not to enter a strange house or car.
- Inspect your child’s candy before they eat it. Discard any unwrapped or suspicious looking goodies. If your child does get sick, call your doctor or the hospital emergency room immediately and save all wrappers. It is also helpful to determine what he or she ate and where it came from.
- Talk to your children about ‘stranger-danger’ and the safety precautions when around someone they do not know.
The Kentucky State Police also wants to remind those driving on Halloween to be extra cautious of our small pedestrians.
Furthermore; the Kentucky State Police Post 16-Henderson will be in full force to ensure the safety of pedestrians and the motoring public. Post 16 Troopers and Commercial Vehicle Enforcement Officers will be patrolling all roads and saturating known problematic areas in each of the six counties.
The motoring public should expect to see more troopers and officers on the roads as well as encountering various roadway safety checkpoints. An enhanced amount of road checks will be conducted through the Holiday Season.
KSP utilizes traffic safety checkpoints to promote safety for motorists using the public roadways and to provide a deterrent for those who violate laws contained in the Kentucky Revised Statutes.
The intent of a traffic safety checkpoint is to provide for a high visibility, public safety service, focusing on vehicular equipment deficiencies, confirming appropriate registration and insurance of vehicles and the valid licensing of drivers. Other violations of law and/or other public safety issues that arise will be addressed.
These checkpoints will allow the Kentucky State Police the opportunity to periodically concentrate its efforts in checking for violations of Kentucky traffic and regulatory laws that will ultimately increase the safety of the citizens within the Commonwealth.
For a list of Post 16 road check locations, visit: www.kentuckystatepolice.org/posts/press/post16_checkpoints.htm