Halloween safety and curfews

| 22 Feb 2012 | 02:16

    Monroe - The Monroe Police Department is urging parents to teach their children simple safety tips before they head out to “Trick or Treat” this Halloween. “On Halloween evening, we’re placing our children in probably some of the most dangerous traffic situations you could imagine,” said Monroe Police Chief Dominic Giudice. “Our children are outside after dark, they walk along and cross unfamiliar streets and they often wear dark colors which are difficult for motorists to see.” For many children, Halloween is a time to have fun. It should also be a time for them to be extra vigilant. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Halloween consistently ranks among the top three days for pedestrian fatalities and injuries. Monroe Police offer these tips to parents for their children: Trick-or-Treat while its still light outside Use retro-reflective tape on your costume; wear light colors so it’s easier for motorists to see you. Carry a flashlight for extra visibility Wear makeup instead of a mask so your vision will be unobstructed Have a parent or older sibling go with you. If that’s not possible go with a group - NEVER GO ALONE! Tell your family which streets or neighborhoods you’ll be trick-or-treating Carry a cell phone so you can call home or 911 in case of emergencies Cross only at corners, never mid-block or between parked cars Monroe Police will have added patrols on Halloween assigned to neighborhoods and developments to help ensure a safe day for all residents and trick-or-treaters in the Village of Monroe. Curfews Monroe: Friday, Saturday, and Sunday from 8 p.m. to 6 a.m. It applies to anyone under 18 years of age unless they are accompanied by a parent or guardian. Woodbury: There is a curfew of 8 p.m. that will be strictly enforced both Gatenight (night before) and Halloween.