SANATOGA PA – Make no mistake: Lower Pottsgrove Police Chief Michael Foltz wants children and parents alike to enjoy themselves on Halloween night. But he’s got community welfare on his mind, too, and so Foltz on Tuesday (Oct. 23, 2012) asked families “to plan ahead on Halloween” and follow these safety tips:
Drivers, pay attention. Motorists are reminded to watch for trick-or-treaters, particularly in the township’s residential neighborhoods. Young children could unexpectedly run in front of a vehicle, Foltz noted. Slow down, remain alert, and drive with extra caution.
Costume party caution. If you are headed to a costume party and you’re wearing your costume in the car, ensure it doesn’t hamper your vision while you’re driving to the event. Also, be aware that other motorists picking up and dropping off trick-or-treaters may increase the number of vehicles on the road, therefore affecting traffic patterns. Be courteous and stay alert, Foltz asked.
Tighten up. Parents should monitor their children’s costumes and keep them short to prevent tripping. Flame-resistant costumes are best. Masks can make it difficult for children to see oncoming traffic. Wear light-colored clothing or add reflective tape to dark costumes to make them visible.
Be seen. Using flashlights and other illuminated safety devices are encouraged for additional visibility. Remember to look both ways when crossing the street. Use sidewalks wherever possible when you’re walking around a neighborhood.
Be smart. Foltz urged trick-or-treaters to go while it is light outside. Older children should stay in groups. Parents should tell their children to approach only familiar houses that are well-lit, and remind them to never enter a stranger’s house or vehicle. Parents should definitely accompany younger children in order to ensure their safety.
Lower Pottsgrove’s curfew ordinance restricts minors (those younger than age 18) from public places between 9:30 p.m. and 5:30 a.m. without the presence of a parent or guardian, Foltz said, and reminded parents they can be held legally responsible for permitting violations of the law.