Clarksville Police preps for extra trick-or-treaters, offers guidelines for navigating neighborhoods
CLARKSVILLE, Ind. (WDRB) -- Most kids on Halloween are on a mission to get as much candy as possible, but they may not realize the danger as they roam the neighborhood.
Eager for candy, sometimes trick-or-treaters will dash across the street. Corporal Wayne Townsend says Halloween is always a busy night for police, and they get lots of calls from worried neighbors.
"Speeders through the neighborhood, drivers running stop signs, kids doing things they shouldn't be doing," Townsend explained.
Clarksville Police are ready for their community's trick-or-treaters and more. Other southern Indiana communities holding trick-or-treating before Saturday may double dip in Clarksville on Halloween.
"I'm sure they'll try to maximize their candy intake. If the other kids get a chance to come over here, they'll come over here," Townsend said.
Clarksville Police will have 30 percent more patrol officers on the streets Saturday night.
"(We'll be) making sure if there's cars in the neighborhood driving, they're not speeding, they're not running stop signs, they're conscious of the kids. We don't want anyone getting hurt," said Townsend.
Louisville Metro Police says it will have regular patrols.
Safe Kids Worldwide, a global organization dedicated to preventing injuries in children says children are more than twice as likely to be hit by a car and killed on Halloween than on any other day of the year.
Police advise kids and families out trick or treating to stay on the sidewalks.
"Cross by your stop signs where your cars are stopping at, and nine times out of 10 there will be an officer posted at a stop sign," Townsend said.
He also says bring a flashlight for when it gets dark and wear something reflective so you and your kids are easily seen.
And for drivers, Townsend says be on the lookout: "Just slow down, watch for kids because kids will dart out in the street."
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