Halloween can be a fun time for kids, according to Police Chief Joe Treviño. But it also can be dangerous if those who are out walking the neighborhoods are not careful.
Treviño had several recommendations for a safe Halloween:
•Go trick-or-treating in a group or with adults.
•Visit only people you know and inspect all candy and other treats before they are eaten.
•Make sure children wear costumes that allow them to hear and see so they can watch and listen for cars.
•Have children wear light-colored costumes so they can be seen by motorists.
•Have children and accompanying adults carry flashlights after dark and keep them turned on while walking along city streets.
•Visit Halloween carnivals or other events offered in local churches or schools. This is an easier way to keep children out of the street.
•Children should never be allowed to ride in the back of a pickup truck or a trailer.
•Motorists should always drive slowly through neighborhoods, especially on Halloween night. Young people can appear in an instant from between parked vehicles, so drivers should always approach parked cars and trucks carefully.
•Children walking in neighborhoods should stay in well-lighted areas and stay on sidewalks whenever possible.
Treviño said adults need to be aware that it is illegal to allow anyone under the age of 18 to ride in the back of a pickup truck or trailer. Motorists who allow this can be fined up to $200.
The chief said it was only a couple of years ago that a girl fell from a truck and had to be rushed to the hospital by ambulance.
Residents in all neighborhoods can also help by keeping their outdoor lights on during the night.
Everyone can expect to see plenty of patrol cars out on the street during Halloween night.
The Beeville Police Department always puts extra officers on the street for the night in order to slow down traffic and make sure that trick-or-treaters are safe.
Gary Kent is a reporter at the Bee-Picayune and can be reached at 358-2550, ext. 120, or at reporter@mySouTex.com.