FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Monday, October 28, 2013
Gary Jenkins, Chief of Police
Pullman Police Department
PULLMAN – The Pullman Police Department encourages everyone to exercise extra precaution this week for Halloween festivities. This year, the trick-or-treating holiday occurs on a week night (Thursday). There is also a WSU football home game scheduled for 7:30 p.m. on Halloween. The resulting increased vehicle and pedestrian traffic has the potential to create extraordinary hazards for our little ghouls and goblins…unless everyone follows some very simple safety tips.
Drivers need to drive slowly and be extra aware and vigilant. Children often get excited while trick-or-treating, and in their eagerness to get candy, have a tendency to run blindly into the street to get to the next house, sometimes darting out unexpectedly from between parked cars. Alcohol impedes your reaction time, so don’t drink and drive!
Parents need to teach their children how to trick-or-treat in a safe and responsible way; just because it is Halloween doesn’t mean that the usual rules for crossing the street don’t apply! Costumes should have reflective material on them, and consider adding a glow stick or a flashlight to make them even more visible. Children should only approach houses with the lights on and should never go into a stranger’s house. Older children should be forewarned about Halloween “tricks” that may involve damaging someone’s property, as it is actually a crime. Finally, while it is a temptation (even for adults), no one should eat any candy until an adult has inspected it at home. If the wrapper is damaged or missing, throw it out; better safe than sorry!
More Halloween safety tips are available on the Pullman Police Department website (shortened link: http://goo.gl/ObIlzF). From all of the police officers and support personnel at the Pullman Police Department:
“Have a Happy and SAFE Halloween, Pullman!”
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