From Oct. 15-22, Sheriff’s Deputies responded to 698 calls for service/events. Higher call volumes occurred in these areas: Traffic Stops-124, Suspicious Subject/Situation/Vehicle-61, Assist Citizen/Motorist Assist-35, Follow-up of any kind-33, Car/Deer Accidents-28, Check Well-Beings-27, Traffic Violations-27, Traffic Hazards-24, Property Damage Crashes-20, Shoplifting Complaints-19, Alarms-17, Civil Complaints-13, Domestic Disputes-11, Larcenies-10, Property Damage Hit & Run-10, and Assist Other Police Dept-10.
October is flying by and Halloween is upon us. Here are some tips to keep your little ghouls and goblins safe:
- Carry glow sticks or flashlights, use reflective tape or stickers on costumes and bags, and wear light colors to help kids see and be seen by drivers.
- Join kids under age 12 for trick-or-treating.
- Slow down and be alert! Kids are excited on Halloween and may dart into the street.
- Turn on headlights early in the day to spot kids from further away.
- Remind kids to cross the street at corners or crosswalks.
- When selecting a costume, make sure it is the right size to prevent trips and falls. Choose face paint over masks when possible. Masks can limit children’s vision.
- Cross the street at corners, using traffic signals and crosswalks. Look left, right and left again when crossing and keep looking as you cross.
- Put electronic devices down, keep heads up and walk, don’t run, across the street.
- Always walk on sidewalks or paths. If there are no sidewalks, walk facing traffic as far to the left as possible.
- Watch for cars that are turning or backing up. Teach children to never dart out into the street or cross between parked cars.
- Choose face paint and makeup whenever possible instead of masks, which can obstruct a child’s vision.
- When selecting a costume, make sure it is the right size to prevent trips and falls.
Drive Extra Safely:
- Slow down and be especially alert in residential neighborhoods. Children are excited on Halloween and may move in unpredictable ways.
- Take extra time to look for kids at intersections, on medians and on curbs.
- Enter and exit driveways and alleys slowly and carefully.
- Get rid of any distractions – like your phone – in your car so you can concentrate on the road and your surroundings.
Yours in Public Safety,
Sheriff Tom Reich