Archive for Thursday, October 27, 2005

Police stress Halloween safety to area students

October 27, 2005

Children roaming the streets in search of candy on Halloween are four times more likely to be struck by a car than on any other night of the year, according to the Safe Kids Kansas organization.

"All the usual rules of pedestrian safety still apply," said Jan Stegelman, Safe Kids Kansas coordinator. "Walk, don't run. Cross the street only at a crosswalk or corner, after looking both ways, and never dart out into the street."

Safe Kids Kansas Inc. is a non-profit coalition of 67 organizations and businesses dedicated to preventing accidental injuries to children. And it's tips such as the one listed above that the organization, and local law enforcement, are trying to pass on to children in hopes of having a fun -- and safe -- Oct. 31.

Children under 12 should be accompanied by an adult on Halloween.

"Naturally, kids will be excited and they'll need active supervision," Stegelman said. "Older kids who have demonstrated the maturity and good judgment to go trick or treating with friends, without adult supervision, should stick to a predetermined route with good lighting."

Motorists should take caution on Halloween.

"Drivers can do their part by being especially careful in residential neighborhoods," Stegelman said.

Basehor police are also doing their best to keep local children safe while trick or treating.

On Monday afternoon, police department detective Lloyd Martley and clerk Traci Myracle visited with kindergarten through fourth-grade students at Basehor Elementary School.

While the visit included the police department representatives handing out treats, the main purpose was highlighting the importance of safety this Halloween.

After a presentation, police officers handed out coloring books that contained several suggestions for a safe Halloween.

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