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Police Issue Tips for Safe Halloween 10-24-01

HAWAII COUNTY POLICE DEPARTMENT
TRAFFIC SERVICES SECTION
SERGEANT RANDY APELE
PHONE: 961-2305
OCTOBER 24, 2001

MEDIA RELEASE

Big Island police are reminding motorists to drive with extra caution this Halloween and watch out for trick-or-treating children, especially during times of darkness.

Halloween this year falls on Wednesday (October 31, 2001).

The Police Department has also issued the following safety tips for parents:

  • Cross streets at corners and obey all traffic signals and signs.
  • Walk on sidewalks. If there are no sidewalks, they should walk facing traffic and stay as far off the shoulder of the roadway as practical.
  • Not wear a mask when crossing the street.
  • Unwrapped candy should be discarded.
  • Fruits should be washed thoroughly and examined carefully for tampering. It is recommended that fruits be cut into small pieces or not eaten at all.
  • Baked goods should not be consumed unless you know who gave the treats.

Parents are urged to notify the Police Department if they find any suspicious treats. It is recommended that persons welcoming trick-or-treaters leave a porch light on to encourage visitors.

Police officers will be on patrol in neighborhoods to maintain safe conditions for children.

To ensure a safe holiday, they will also increase DUI checkpoints around the island during Halloween week, October 28 through November 3, 2001.

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